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The Callas Conversations, Vol. 2 [DVD Video]
The Callas Conversations Vol 2
DVD Video
Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2007     1hr 35min


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Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts, Classical
Studio: EMI Classics
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 04/24/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 35min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
Edition: Classical
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: French
Subtitles: English

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Operaman! | Chicago, IL United States | 06/05/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The eternal diva is represented once again from documentary sources culled from Europe, this time the program-length Parisian Sunday "chat" show L'Invitee Du Dimanche hosted by Pierre Desgraupes. It is fascinating to see this program in its undilluted form. Snippets of the conversations Callas had with Luchino Visconti, interview with teacher DeHidalgo and the Paris Opera Gala have been seen before. It is illuminating to see and hear the diva discuss her art in a sophisticated, highly philosophical manner during a transitional period in her career. She was on the verge of filming Pasolini's Medea, contemplating a stage comeback, and trying to find herself (especially after her long affair with Onassis had ended). The tv host has the good manners not to bring up the diva's temepestuous personal life, and the chain-smoking Visconti and maestro Siciliani (and others in the interview team) are most complimentary to the diva. Although she appears embarassed by the praise, you know that she believes it.

The B/W video and mono sound quality is vintage, but of high quality. (I have seen the DeHidalgo interview in color elsewhere, it's in B/W here). A short interview with Bernard Gavoty is also included, as well as a filmed snippet of her last Paris Opera Norma."