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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 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 »


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

France

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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$91,915, 4 November 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,111,191, 13 December 2018
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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 »

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Preludio
From the Opera "Cavalleria Rusticana"
Composed by Pietro Mascagni
Performed by Tullio Serafin and Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala (as Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano)
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A chore to sit through
24 February 2018 | by wyrzykowskikajetanSee all my reviews

"Maria Callas" is a documentary feature that is more-or-less depiction of the career of a famous opera starlet.

The director of the film Tom Volf, praises the protagonist at every step. Maria is basically his muse. The entire documentary is dictated by her omnipresent dreaminess. The script moves forward without haste, slowly painting the vivid landscape of spotlight, cameras and ovations.

Despite this inspiring form, "Maria Callas" is surprisingly flat.

Volf maniacally impersonates Callas with her stage silhouette. Even when he tries to give her more depth, it is far from an insightful look. The bits of her life are either interviews or shots from her tours. This short-sighted approach limits the film's speech power in a great deal.

The problem might also lie in the protagonist herself. Callas - at least according to Volf's depiction - is extremely selfish. She never really moves too far away from this overwhelming egocentrism. Even when speaking about the love of her life, it is imbued with selfishness. She elaborates on her diva life with occasional sadness resonating. And Volf direction is very much praising that self-loving approach. With every second shot of Callas surrounded by jostling journalists or reminiscing a goddess in one of her apartments, Volf makes this character suffocate.

It might be rooted in Callas herself, as well as Volf's imperfect direction. Either way, "Maria Callas" is far from a heart-piercing, moving biopic. It deliberately limits the world presented. It's flashy in form and shallow in the substance.


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