Diva

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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 ...
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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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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
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2008
  • UPC: 012236228776
  • Original Release: 1981
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Remastered / Special Edition / Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:57:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,316

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
Etienne Draber
Laure Duthilleul
Nane Germon
Gabriel Gobin
Isabelle Mergault
Jean-Luc Porraz
Bernard Robin
Yann Roussel
Jean-Louis Vitrac
Raymond Aquilon
Nathalie Dalyan
Brigitte Lahaie
Chantal Deruaz Nadia
Patrick Floersheim Zapotek
Jean-Jacques Moreau Krantz
Thuy Ann Luu
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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Diva
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Set-Up
      Audio: French Monaural Dolby Digital Audio
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: Subtitles Off
   Special Features
      Scene Specific Audio Commentary With Director Jean-Jacques Beineix
         Play All
         Duality
         Staging
         Symbolism
         Subtext
         Graphics
         Enigmas
         Full Circle
      "Searching for Diva"
         Play All
         Introduction by Professor Phil Powrie & Eric Grinda
         Vladimir Cosma
         Dominique Besnehard
         Frederic Andrei
         Anny Romand & Dominique Pinon
         Richard Bohringer
         Jean-Jacques Beineix: Holding Ground
         Jean-Jacques Beineix: In the Cafe
         Philippe Rousselot
         Hilton McConnico
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A true work of art

    Diva is cutting edge for it's time. It raised the bar for the rest of the film industry. And La Wally is hauntingly beautiful. The characters are vivid and beautifully acted. Bravo!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My favorite film of all time!

    Diva is my favorite film. Even though it's 27 years old, it's timeless. It has a great, twisted plot, great actors, and the scenes take place in cool locations.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    You don't even have to like the French...

    ...to like this movie. Someone in my dorm had this on laser disc. ( It was the Eighties, look it up in Wikipedia!) I think we all had a bootleg soundtrack (on cassette tape!). I've seen it on a big screen, rented it, watched a horrible dubbed version, and wore out several bootleg tapes of the soundtrack. It's the Slumdog Millionaire of my youth. The soundtrack makes the movie, but it's full of obsession, romance and a young man's dogged pursuit of his true love. I'm buying it and watching it at least once a year. And I'll probably buy the soundtrack, too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lyrical thriller

    A wonderfully lyrical thriller about opera, fame, music, and, well, bootleg recording. It's really quite gripping, and offers the great Dominique Pinon (''Delicatessen'', ''Amelie'', ''City of Lost Children'') as a sinister villain, and a kind of French Lone Ranger as hero.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Film

    Great Film

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