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Diva (1981)

R | | Thriller | 23 April 1982 (USA)
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Two tapes, two Parisian mob killers, one corrupt policeman, an opera fan, a teenage thief, and the coolest philosopher ever filmed all twist their way through an intricate and stylish French-language thriller.

Writers:

Daniel Odier (novel) (as Delacorta), Jean-Jacques Beineix (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wilhelmenia Fernandez ... Cynthia Hawkins (as Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez)
Frédéric Andréi ... Jules
Richard Bohringer ... Gorodish
Thuy An Luu ... Alba
Jacques Fabbri ... Commissaire Jean Saporta
Chantal Deruaz Chantal Deruaz ... Nadia
Anny Romand Anny Romand ... Paula
Roland Bertin Roland Bertin ... Simon Weinstadt, l'imprésario
Gérard Darmon ... L' Antillais
Dominique Pinon ... Le curé
Jean-Jacques Moreau Jean-Jacques Moreau ... Krantz
Patrick Floersheim Patrick Floersheim ... Zatopek
Raymond Aquilon Raymond Aquilon ... Abdullah, le rasta
Eugène Berthier Eugène Berthier
Gérard Chaillou Gérard Chaillou ... Mortier
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Storyline

A young opera-loving mailman, Jules, becomes inadvertently entangled in murder, when a young woman fleeing two mob hit men drops an incriminating cassette into his mailbag. Jules has just recently recorded opera star Cynthia Hawkins' latest concert, something of a coup as Hawkins refuses to make recordings of any kind. Soon Jules finds himself the target of the hit men, who want the voice recording, and also of another couple of ominous and mysterious agents. Written by garykmcd

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Trivia

The producers were looking for an actress who fit the description of Cynthia Hawkins (the Diva) in the original novel - a beautiful black American woman who sings a flawless operatic soprano, and speaks both English and French fluently. They attended a performance of Carmen to familiarize themselves with opera performers. Wilhelmenia Fernandez was playing the title role the night they attended the opera. See more »

Goofs

When Nadia is just exiting the metro station and runs into Jules, he is wearing his postman's cap. Later, in the police station when Paula is recounting Nadia's death, the same scene is replayed, except this time Jules is not wearing his cap. See more »

Quotes

[In Cynthia's hotel suite]
Cynthia Hawkins: What's your name, Mr. Postman?
Jules: [Smiles] Jules.
Cynthia Hawkins: Jules! Jules is old for a young man. I thought the French were modern.
Jules: My father was old-fashioned.
Cynthia Hawkins: [Laughs] I'm kidding! Jules fits you so poorly that it fits you very well. Jules...
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Crazy Credits

The music continues for a minute and five seconds after the credits end. See more »

Alternate Versions

Lion's Gate released a DVD (under the "Meridien Collection" banner) with 6' of deleted shots (all extensions of existing scenes) that were intentionally cut in the original by the director before the initial release, with those deleted shots not as bonus material on the DVD but actually edited back into the film, and advertised on the DVD as a "restored version". The resultant timing was 123'. This is not an official version, but an unauthorized re-editing by a DVD company. The correct timing of the film is 117'25". See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

L'air de la 'La Wally'
Composed by Alfredo Catalani
Performed by Wilhelmenia Fernandez (as Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez)
© Copyright by Galaxie Musique 1981
Tous droits réservés
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Best movie ever about bootlegging concerts
30 May 2003 | by McGonigleSee all my reviews

Diva is a movie that seems just as stunning and unique to me today as it did when I first saw it 20 years ago. One of those movies that you will remember forever.

On the surface, it's an exercise in pure style, combining exciting, "hip" visuals with great music (opera as well as some great atmospheric incidental music). But there are hundreds of movies like that. What makes Diva so memorable to me is the way it combines this stylish cinematic eye candy with a suspenseful plot, good acting, a touch of romance and sex, and even a smattering of philosophy (as the title character explains her reasons for not allowing her voice to be recorded, not to mention the immortal bread-buttering scene).

It sounds like a recipe for a boring, highly stylized "European" movie, but this is a film where the excitement never flags for a minute. One of the true gems of 80s cinema. As a friend said "If you wanted to be hip in the 80s, you had to have seen 'Liquid Sky', 'Repo Man' and 'Diva'". But even today, you should see it just because it's a great movie.


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Country:

France

Language:

French | English | Italian

Release Date:

23 April 1982 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,672, 4 November 2007

Gross USA:

$110,014

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$110,014
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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