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Callas forever - Fanny Ardant, Jeremy Irons, Joan Plowright, Franco Zeffirelli

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At the beginning of this engrossing story, Larry Kelly (the delectable Jeremy Irons) has become a manager of rock bands - much easier to handle, he asserts, than a temperamental opera star. Managing Maria Callas's late career has left him scorched by the star's brilliant fire. Visiting her palatial Paris apartment, Kelly is shocked to find a broken and reclusive Callas (Fanny Ardant), humiliated by the deterioration of her voice. Determined to re-ignite her passion and restore her legacy, he convinces her to take on an important project: a film of the opera Carmen, in which she will lip-sync her own, glorious recording of many years previous.

Thus begins a reawakening of their former relationship, mixing creative passion, genius, and drive in an incendiary cocktail. The stars are ably supported by a feisty Joan Plowright as their mutually supportive journalist friend, newcomer Jay Rodan as Larry's handsome artist boyfriend, and a wonderfully steamy performance from sexy Gabriel Garko as the tenor who worships Callas and yearns for his own opportunity for greatness.

The special relationship between Callas (a luminous Fanny Ardant reprising her stage portrayal) and her former manager forms the heart of this compelling fictional imagining of the diva's swan song, written and directed by the late Callas's friend and colleague, Franco Zeffirelli, in a worthy tribute to his legendary friend.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film biography opera Maria Callas singer relationship

Persons of interest

  • Fanny Ardant .... Maria Callas
  • Jeremy Irons .... Larry Kelly
  • Joan Plowright .... Sarah Keller
  • Jay Rodan .... Michael
  • Gabriel Garko .... Marco
  • Manuel de Blas .... Esteban Gomez
  • Justino Díaz .... Scarpia
  • Jean Dalric .... Gérard
  • Stephen Billington .... Brendan
  • Anna Lelio .... Bruna
  • Alessandro Bertolucci .... Marcello
  • Olivier Galfione .... Thierry
  • Roberto Sanchez .... Escamillo
  • Achille Brugnini .... Ferruccio
  • Eugene Kohn .... Eugene
  • Franco Zeffirelli .... Creator
  • Martin Sherman .... Screenwriter
  • Franco Zeffirelli .... Screenwriter
  • Franco Zeffirelli .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • Callas forever official movie site
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  • Awards and film festivals:
    • Goya Awards 2003: Nominated: Best Costume Design (Anna Anni, Alberto Spiazzi, Alessandro Lai)
    • Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists 2003: Nominated: Silver Ribbon - Best Costume Design (Anna Anni, Alberto Spiazzi, Alessandro Lai)
  • Studios and distributors:
    • 21st Century Pictures

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Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report


Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: English, French, Italian
  • Picture: Widescreen 16:9
  • Special features:
    • Trailers: Upcoming releases
  • Subtitles: English

Security censorship classification

M (Low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

112 minutes (1:52 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD rental: 15 December 2004
VHS rental: 15 December 2004

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