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Callas Forever (2002)

The last days of legendary opera singer Maria Callas.

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Larry Kelly
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Sarah Keller
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Michael
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Marco / Don Jose
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Esteban Gomez
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Scarpia
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Gerard
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Anna Lelio ...
Bruna
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Marcello
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Thierry
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Achille Brugnini ...
Ferruccio
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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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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and strong language | See all certifications »
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18 September 2002 (France)  »

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Callas, a Diva  »

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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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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 »

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

Soundtracks

Un bel dì vedremo
from "Madama Butterfly"
Music by Giacomo Puccini (as Puccini)
Performed by Maria Callas with The Philharmonia Orchestra
Conducted by Tullio Serafin
Enregistrement EMI Classics
(P) 1954 EMI Records Ltd
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Ardant at her best
25 January 2004 | by See 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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