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Callas Forever (2002)

The last days of legendary opera singer Maria Callas.

Director:

Franco Zeffirelli

Writers:

Franco Zeffirelli (original story by), Martin Sherman (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fanny Ardant ... Maria Callas
Jeremy Irons ... Larry Kelly
Joan Plowright ... Sarah Keller
Jay Rodan ... Michael
Gabriel Garko ... Marco / Don Jose
Manuel de Blas ... Esteban Gomez
Justino Díaz ... Scarpia
Jean Dalric Jean Dalric ... Gerard
Stephen Billington ... Brendan
Anna Lelio Anna Lelio ... Bruna
Alessandro Bertolucci Alessandro Bertolucci ... Marcello
Olivier Galfione Olivier Galfione ... Thierry
Roberto Sanchez Roberto Sanchez ... Escamillo
Achille Brugnini Achille Brugnini ... Ferruccio
Eugene Kohn ... Eugene
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Storyline

In 1977, Maria Callas, the most famous diva in the world, lives confined in her Paris apartment. Larry Kelly, a producer friend, offers her to sing "Carmen" in a televised concert. Unfortunately Maria's voice, tired and worn by years and strain, is not what it used to be. Larry knows the way around the problem : a technical stratagem will create the illusion. Maria, disregarding her friend Sarah's warning, agrees with the idea and the show is a tremendous success. With that in mind, Larry now considers a new version of "Tosca". But this time, Maria objects to the subterfuge. Her decision will mark the beginning of the end for the legendary singer. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and strong language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Italy | France | Spain | UK | Romania

Language:

English | French | Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

18 September 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Callas, a Diva See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€338,565 (Italy), 22 September 2002, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,855, 7 November 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$445,996, 12 June 2005
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The plot of Callas making a film of "Carmen" is totally fictitious. See more »

Goofs

A poster of AC/DC's "If You want Blood, You've got It" is seen hanging on a wall of the production company. The record was released in 1978 (one year after Maria Callas' death). See more »

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Referenced in Le code a changé (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

O mio babbino caro
from "Gianni Schicchi"
Performed by Maria Callas (soprano) with The Philharmonia Orchestra
Conducted by Tullio Serafin
Enregisremetn EMI Classics
(P) 1954 EMI Records Ltd
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Ardant at her best
25 January 2004 | by trlrtraxSee all my reviews

This is one of those gems which often are overlooked for years. I hope that is not the case with this truly outstanding effort. Fanny Ardant gives a reading on Maria Callas that is nothing less than superb. This should have gotten her nominations at every festival and showbiz awards group. The fire and passion in her eyes, the ability to have even the slightest facial change reflect fleeting passion and torture in her soul in full - and I mean FULL - closeup. This director has a quirk in his style, in that he often glosses over things we wish to know, but in this case that does not hurt the film. The friendship between Fanny and Jeremy Irons (also at his finest) is fully realized, warts and all, and Irons' romantic gay relationship is treated as real and honest, not just some "we're here and we're queer" in-your-face political statement.

The music is brilliant, Callas' voice never sounded better. The lip-synch near perfect. The sound has been enhanced and re-recorded in a fabulous way. AND THE WARDROBE. Chanel, Chanel, Chanel, and Fanny Ardant wears it like she was born wearing Chanel.

Joan Plowright turns in another wonderful character and the look and feel of this film is terrific.

Do NOT miss this film if you love opera, Callas, Ardant, Irons, or just plain good filmmaking.


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