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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

The film is set in 1977, however extras are seen wearing modern (2001/2) clothes and modern cars are seen in the background. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Carmen
(Prélude - Habanera - Chanson bohème - Air de la fleur - Choeru et scène Finale)
Performed by Maria Callas (soprano) - Nicolai Gedda (tenor) - Nadine Sautereau (soprano) - Jane Berbié (mezzo-soprano),
Choeurs René Ducllos, Choeurs d'enfants Jean Pesnaud, Orchestre de l'Opéra national de Paris (as Orchestre du Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris)
Conducted by Georges Prêtre
Enregistrement EMI Classics
(P) 1964 EMI Records Ltd
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An Opportunity Again Missed
28 July 2005 | by belcanto26See all my reviews

Maria Callas was an artist of such magnitude that it seems impossible for any filmed biography to do her justice. Besides, who could really play Maria Callas? Well, the actress featured here does as well as anyone else could, which is, I guess, adequate. Of much greater importance is the banality of the story. I can't imagine Maria Callas in the 1970's even considering doing what the film suggests. By 1965, it was painfully obvious that Callas, despite her glamorous image and appearance, could never, even at age 41, have reconstructed her once fabulous voice, a voice which in its prime could accomplish miracles. In any case, it is folly to suggest that Callas would have elected to do a film version of "Carmen" ( a role she never cared for) with a dubbed recording she had made years earlier. I could see "Norma", "Tosca" or "Traviata", but never "Carmen". Larry Kelly actually died several years before Callas, so his presence here is pure fiction ------- which is what the film actually is. As a way to pass 108 minutes, the film is adequate, but if you're looking for a documentation of Maria Callas in her final years, you will have to keep looking. I doubt whether you will ever find what you are looking for because it seems highly unlikely that the real Callas, ever the elusive firefly, will ever be captured and preserved.


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