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Frédéric Luzy produced this deeply felt, emotional documentary on the life and career of opera superstar Maria Callas (1923-77). The product of a year of research in various countries, it attempts to tell the complete story of the famous diva, chronologically, from her birth in 1923 to her death from a heart attack in 1977. Though other documentaries have covered the same subject, this one distinguishes itself via the most extensive collection of private materials assembled for one film, including home movies of ...
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Overview

Frédéric Luzy produced this deeply felt, emotional documentary on the life and career of opera superstar Maria Callas (1923-77). The product of a year of research in various countries, it attempts to tell the complete story of the famous diva, chronologically, from her birth in 1923 to her death from a heart attack in 1977. Though other documentaries have covered the same subject, this one distinguishes itself via the most extensive collection of private materials assembled for one film, including home movies of the singer's life, archival performance footage and private photographs from Callas's collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/2009
  • UPC: 807280147599
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Source: Arthaus Musik
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 48,244

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maria Callas Participant
Technical Credits
Philippe Kohly Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Callas Assoluta
1. The Story of the World's Last Diva [3:09]
2. 3 Months Later, Springtime In Venice [:46]
3. A Concert In Hamburg [3:04]
4. The Christina, World's Most Luxurious Boat [:57]
5. Immigrants in New York [3:57]
6. To Be an Actress [1:54]
7. Return to Greece and Elvira de Hidalgo [2:43]
8. Life and War in the 1940th [3:28]
9. New York, the Met and Her Faith [2:12]
10. Disillusion. Maria's Giaconda [3:34]
11. Her Conquest Of Italy [3:19]
12. The Bel Canto - The Queen Maria [4:50]
13. Luchino Visconti and the Norma [8:48]
14. A Great Soprano of the 20th Century - La Traviata [4:01]
15. The Epitome of Style [3:00]
16. La Scala [:00]
17. "The Time" Article - "Norma" in New York [1:09]
18. La Sonnambula [3:22]
19. The Lonely Diva [4:26]
20. Maria at a Crossroad [6:59]
21. Callas and Onassis [3:26]
22. Medea, at Epidaurus [3:32]
23. Comeback as an Opera Singer!? [4:04]
24. A Greek Island on the Ionian Sea [3:36]
25. Medea. A Film by Pasolini [2:47]
26. Madly In Love [2:49]
27. Paris, Terminus [3:43]
28. A Most Extraordinary Voice [5:14]
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely Average

    For a year Philippe Kohly set out to accomplish what most filmmakers and opera buffs would shy away from. He took on the daunting task of researching the life and career of La Divina herself - Miss Maria Callas - in order to shed some light on her life. The interviews, home videos and photographs do a good job in giving insight to the personal and professional sides of Callas. However, the editing did not do the film any justice. It is choppy and jumps around leaving very visible seams. When they used sound bites of Callas, the photos and home videos were a nice treat. At other times, it seemed like they ran out of clips and just showed a mannequin spinning around with costumes Callas wore in some of her most famous roles. That's fine once, but after several times, it was a little much. On the whole I enjoyed the film, but I don't think this is the best Callas documentary I have seen.

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