Callas Forever details
|Starring:||JUSTINO DIAZ, Jeremy Irons, Manuel De Blas, Joan Plowright, Fanny Ardant, Gabriel Garko, Jay Rodan|
|Run time:||1 hour 44 minutes|
|Rental release:||Not currently released|
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Interesting snap-shot of Callas later yearsBy Douglas Bennett George from Headley Down, England , 14 Jan 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]A strong performance from Fanny Ardant makes this a watchable and engaging film. Ardant is a mesmerizing screen presence and she portrays Callas' diva nature perfectly. Irons gives his usual tidy peformance in what, due to lack of character development, is essentially a supporting role. Although I remember this film being released in 2002, when I began watching it I really thought that I was mistaken and it had been made in the seventies--a sign of Zeffirelli's attention to detail as a filmmaker.
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Callas is forever can't same the same about the movieBy a customer from Chorlton , 15 May 2009It's like a made for TV drama. The acting is good, but the story is very contrived - I didn't realise it wasn't true until afterwards. But it did make me put on a Maria Callas cd.
Fanny Ardant scoresBy pyekan (40 reviews) from london , 31 Aug 2008I enjoyed this. Good performance by Fanny Ardant - lovely music!
Signor Zeffirelli regretsBy Savage (632 reviews) from London, England , 06 Jan 2007You would think that Maria Callas' life, of all people, would have had enough detail for any number of biopics, so if her old friend, Franco Zeffirelli, should choose to make up a completely new tale about her, you know something else must be going on.
He gives us Jeremy Irons as a thinly veiled portrait of himself, and shows us what, perhaps, he always meant to do - perhaps what he tried to do - in the last year of the great diva's life. The result is a sob story, a camped up regret for a lost opportunity, all dressed up as a tribute to one woman's 'integrity'.
It's unlikely you'll believe a word of it, especially with Bucharest unconvincingly standing in for seventies Paris, and the director's technique, especially in the editing, has fallen off a good deal since his heyday at the end of the sixties.
expecting more of callas' lifeBy a customer from Nottingham , 23 Oct 2006I was dissapointed, as I love Callas' amazing voice. I didn't know they were going to show her managers persoanal life. I thought the film would portray most of the events what happened in her life leading up to stardom. But, the film mainly was about her latter years which I thought was quite sad.
A nice film for older chixBy a customer from Old Windsor, Berkshire , 09 Aug 2006I quite liked this film and found the concept realistic enough. It explored the aging theme with some dignity, immortalising Callas as a powerful artist who is struggling to express this power against the limitations that shall befall most of us. Jeremy Irons is delightfully slimey as usual, yet his love for the diva helps you to like him and trust him as Callas eventually does. Why not, she thinks, becoming our hero as she, once again reaches for her ultimate happiness in a different expression. A great and poetic insight into the artist's struggle behind the curtain and a woman's struggle in acceptance of the fact that change is not a loss, but is inherent to a different kind of grace and beauty.