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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 »
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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 (Fanny Ardant), the most famous diva in the world, lives confined in her Paris apartment. Larry Kelly (Jeremy Irons), 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 Keller's (Dame Joan Plowright'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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Trivia

This is Writer and Director Franco Zeffirelli's last theatrical movie. 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 Change of Plans (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Libiamo (Brindisi)
from "La Traviata"
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Maria Callas with Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala
Conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini
Enregistrement public 1955
Publié par EMI Classics
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User Reviews

Zefirelli's super dramatization
18 October 2002 | by homme_a_la_cape_noireSee all my reviews

To resume things simply, this film is not worth seeing. It is a turkey. An overacted on the surface analysis of Maria Callas' end of career. The visuals are weak leaning towards amateurish. The screenplay is inconsistent. The movie jumps from an unecessary homosexual story including Jeremy Irons and Fanny Ardant's exaggeration on Maria Callas so called warm bloodedness. I will not give you a plot resume of this patheticaly weak film as you can probably read one somewhere else if you are interested in wasting more of your time. But isn't wasting time what life could be all about?


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Country:

Italy | France | Spain | UK | Romania

Language:

English | French | Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

18 September 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,855, 7 November 2004

Gross USA:

$446,955

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,932,503
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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