Callas Forever [Blu-ray]
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Internationally acclaimed director Franco Zeffirelli (Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet) beautifully recreates the magic, passion and artistry of the opera diva Maria Callas, known as "the voice of the century." In this loving tribute to his longtime friend, Zeffirelli imagines what could have happened at the end of Callas' life close to her death at the age of 53. Popular French actress Fanny Ardant perfectly fits the role of the temperamental diva, capturing all the fiery intensity of the legend on and off the stage. Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons shines as the diva's former manager who persuades her to re-launch her career, despite her fading powers. A unique, rare gem of a film featuring actual sound recordings of Callas in performance, CALLAS FOREVER makes a lasting impact as a stunning human portrayal of one of the greatest artists of our time.
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Jeremy Irons plays a manager who dreams of using technology to marry Callas' early recordings with a movie of her performing the role. Callas agrees to play the role of Carmen, one of which she has sung but incredibly never played on stage. Zeffirelli's fantasy of what that would be like, and look like, and what it would do for Callas is a diverting exercise. As Callas, Fanny Ardant plays the ultimate diva in all of her tempestuousness and talent. Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel costumed her. For opera lovers and Callas' fans, you will wish this actually could have transpired. Perhaps it would have saved the diva, and prevented her early death in her 50's?
Watching this film will make you feel wistful that such talent came to an early end. Think of the students she could have taught or inspired, the opera companies she may have run or the operas she may have directed. This film may motivate you to want to hear more of her recordings or read a biography about her. This film educated me more than entertained me. That Zeffirelli wanted to do this film tells us that Callas was a compelling character in his life. I was fascinated by her in watching this film.
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