Diva

Diva

4.8 5
Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix

Cast: Frederic Andréi, Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez, Richard Bohringer

     
 

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The diva of the title is a famous black opera singer (Wilhelmina Wiggins-Fernandez) who steadfastly refuses to be recorded. The singer is idolized by young French mail-carrier Jules (Frederic Andrei), who sneaks a tape recorder into the theater and records her performance. This is witnessed by a pair of Taiwanese criminalsSee more details below

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Overview

The diva of the title is a famous black opera singer (Wilhelmina Wiggins-Fernandez) who steadfastly refuses to be recorded. The singer is idolized by young French mail-carrier Jules (Frederic Andrei), who sneaks a tape recorder into the theater and records her performance. This is witnessed by a pair of Taiwanese criminals, who unlike Andrei wish to profit from the bootlegged recording. They begin to pursue the boy, as do a couple of home-grown hooligans who believe that Jules is in possession of some murder evidence. The serpentine plot leads to a warm friendship between Jules and the reclusive diva - and to a brilliantly photographed (by Philipe Rousselot) motorcycle chase through the subway tunnels of Paris. Diva marked the directorial debut of Jean-Jacques Beineix, whose obvious fondness for the more esoteric techniques of the Nouvelle Vague never impedes his willingness to simply entertain his audiences.

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Editorial Reviews

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A stunning debut for director Jean-Jacques Beineix, Diva is a pulsating, eccentric slice of post-modernism. Shocking to many audiences, Diva blends violence, wit and punk style in a manner that later would be appropriated by Quentin Tarantino and other admirers of updated, jazzed-up film noir. The plot concerns a black Parisian soprano, some recording pirates who want to profit from her voice, corrupt policemen and a chief who runs a prostitution ring, and other seedy scenarios. More important than any of this is the frenzied, bold atmospherics, aided by an eclectic sound track. Cinematographer Philippe Rousselot's work earned him several critics' awards. Beneix failed to live up to the dazzling promise shown in Diva, a film whose attitude was widely imitated in the rest of the 1980s and the 1990s.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2008
UPC:
0012236228776
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:57:00
Sales rank:
22,674

Special Features

Digitally mastered transfer approved by director Jean-Jacques Beineix; Scene-specific audio commentary with Jean-Jacques Beineix; Interview with Jean-Jacques Beineix; Interview with director of photography Philippe Rousselot; Interview with set designer Hilton McConnico; Additional interviews with cast and crew; Introduction to interviews by Phil Powrie, author of Jean-Jacques Beineix; 16x9 widescreen; Remastered French Dolby monaural audio; English and Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frederic Andréi Jules
Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez Cynthia Hawkins
Richard Bohringer Gorodish
Thuy An Luu Alba
Dominique Pinon Le Curé
Jacques Fabbri Jean Saporta
Roland Bertin Weinstadt
Anny Romand Paula
Gérard Darmon Spic, I'Antillais
Eugene Berthier Actor
Etienne Draber Actor
Laure Duthilleul Actor
Nane Germon Actor
Gabriel Gobin Actor
Isabelle Mergault Actor
Jean-Luc Porraz Actor
Bernard Robin Actor
Yann Roussel Actor
Jean-Louis Vitrac Actor
Raymond Aquilon Actor
Nathalie Dalyan Actor
Brigitte Lahaie Actor
Chantal Deruaz Nadia
Patrick Floersheim Zapotek
Jean-Jacques Moreau Krantz
Thuy Ann Luu Actor
Vladimir Cosma Conductor

Technical Credits
Jean-Jacques Beineix Director,Screenwriter
Vladimir Cosma Score Composer
Claire Fraisse Costumes/Costume Designer
Hilton McConnico Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Ully Pickard Production Manager
Monique Prim Editor
Philippe Rousselot Cinematographer
Irene Silberman Producer
Jean VanHamme Screenwriter
Marie-Josephe Yoyotte Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Diva
1. Live Performance [6:43]
2. Special Delivery [3:43]
3. Mad Dash [5:38]
4. Making Connections [5:29]
5. Loft Date [4:11]
6. Sharing the Love [5:41]
7. Night Out [3:40]
8. Baby Her [7:08]
9. For the Pleasure [7:05]
10. Queen of the Night [6:42]
11. Private Practice [11:19]
12. Street Chase [4:40]
13. Dangerous Work [7:14]
14. Better Ideas [4:30]
15. Missing Tapes [3:51]
16. Following Orders [5:57]
17. Mutual Trust [4:50]
18. Restoring Order [7:09]
19. Cleaning House [5:12]
20. Listen [6:51]

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