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Maria by Callas (2017)

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An intimate look at the life and work of Greek-American opera singer Maria Callas, as told in her own words.

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Tom Volf
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Cast

Credited cast:
Fanny Ardant ... (voice)
Joyce DiDonato ... María Callas / Narration (voice)
Maria Callas ... Herself (archive footage)
Aristotle Onassis ... Himself (archive footage)
Vittorio De Sica ... Himself (archive footage)
Pier Paolo Pasolini ... Himself (archive footage)
Luchino Visconti ... Himself (archive footage)
Omar Sharif ... Himself (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Antonio ... Himself (archive footage)
Brigitte Bardot ... Herself (archive footage)
Jean Cocteau ... Himself (archive footage)
Elvira de Hidalgo Elvira de Hidalgo ... Herself (archive footage)
Catherine Deneuve ... Herself (archive footage)
Duchess of Windsor ... Herself (archive footage)
Duke of Windsor ... Himself (archive footage)
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An intimate look at the life and work of Greek-American opera singer Maria Callas, as told in her own words.

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Ave, Maria or The legendary diva - in her own words See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements, some smoking and brief language | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

English | French | Italian

Release Date:

2 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words See more »

Filming Locations:

Palm Beach, Florida, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$91,915, 4 November 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,267,301, 14 February 2019
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Color
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Trivia

The film screened at TIFF in Toronto in September 2018. See more »

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References Medea (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Coro a bocca chiusa
From the Opera "Madama Butterfly"
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala (as Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano and Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano) and Herbert von Karajan
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MARIA: CHAMPAGNE, COGNAC, COCA-COLA... PURE DIVANESS!
5 December 2018 | by babyjaguarSee all my reviews

Once in the height of the press media exploiting the supposedly rivalry between singers, Callas and Renata Tebadli, Callas was quoted (on comparing herself to the other singer) that it was like "comparing champagne to cognac". Tom Volf's debut documentary follows Callas's professional/personal life through its ups and downs by wonderfully, spooling in between her most famous "arias" performances.

It focuses on using archived TV interviews and scenes of "paparazzi" swarms but keeps a sharp focus on her early 50's career accomplishments until her untimely death in the mid 70s. Her early NYC childhood story and late adulthood Parisian isolation were only shown thru her interviews and the usage of a off-screen narrator reading Callas's letters and memoirs.

It also displayed her "Tigress" temperament towards the harsh reality of the Opera world as a booming recording industry and its societal environments. Volf's documentary subtlety unveils her own decadence of solitude dealing with a vocal declination and an endless love for Aristotle Socrates Onassis. A must-see for Opera lovers, truly amazing!


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