Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Callas Forever |
Actors: Fanny Ardant, Jeremy Irons, Joan Plowright
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Genres: Drama, Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
Internationally acclaimed director Franco Zeffirelli (Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet) beautifully recreates the magic, passion and artistry of the opera diva Maria Callas, known as "the voice of the century." In this loving trib... more »
Brava Diva !!!
Audra Thomas | 07/08/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"... generally, I very much-agree with the reviews already posted; I agree that this film springs-alive whenever Fanny Ardant is on-screen, and that Jeremy Irons' performance is disappointing... his storyline is actually fine, but the performance, by this very distinguished actor, whom I shall always remember as "Charles Ryder", does not do-credit to his body-of-work, over all.
I'd like to add one new thought, however...
Being of a certain age, and a lifelong opera-devotee, I remember, with great sadness, the passing of this great star and artiste. I was well-acquainted with the sadness of her personal life and the torture brought-on by the decline of her career. As her career began its decline, but while still concertizing, she is reported to have said of her dissatisfied (her belief)audience(s): " I can hear them out-there in the dark, writhing in their seats, hissing like serpents" ... "the voice will no longer obey" . If, in fact, she did say this, it is not difficult to understand her eventual shutting-away of herself, far from those who no longer believed in her talent (again, her belief).
I was always so sad to believe that her final days were lonely, unhappy and broken-hearted (Onassis), and believing herself to be bereft of her once-great voice and career. Without stating "like" or "dislike", I shall say that I am very "glad" for this film, as it allows me to see those final days in a very different way. This film affords us a vision of la- Callas as a woman who has reclaimed her grace and wisdom, allowing herself to accept who she is.. at that time... allowing the past to remain in the past... as a beautiful memory, and remaining faithful to the core of her great artistry: her honesty. I think the final scene "on the park bench" is very telling, as it discloses that sentiment we all must and should face... in the end: it's not about what our achievement has conferred upon us, what's really important is the acceptance of our being, simply, a man... a woman. As a parallel, it's easy to recall that wonderful monologue, in the stalled car, in AllAboutEve, when the great Bette Davis sums-it-up: "in the end, every woman must accept that, whatever else she may have done... or may have achieved in her professional life, she is, simply... and remains simply... when its all-over...a woman.
There is great beauty in the grace of acceptance, acceptance without remorse or rancor... and in the end, I hope as much for myself. This movie allows us to see the Callas I prefer to keep as my memory of her final days... AND shall be able to keep as memory: such is the power of the cinematic experience. For that, I say that I am "glad" for this film, and...