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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Maria by Callas

2017, Tom Volf, France, 113 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 11th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Jan 11th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Jan 12th 7:45pm
  • Sun, Jan 13th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 14th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Jan 15th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 16th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Jan 17th 8:00pm

“The definitive portrait of the definitive diva.”--David Noh, Film Journal International

“Intimate and revealing…presents an emotional essence of this performer, leaving you both shaken and stirred.”--Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

All Maria Callas all of the time is the gift of this extraordinary portrait of the opera star, packed with rare performance clips and no narration other than her own words. Fondly dubbed “La Divina” by legions of fans, Callas was born in New York of Greek
immigrants. Demonstrating great musical talent early, she went on to become one of the greatest sopranos that the international opera stage has ever known: worshipped, celebrated, and often controversial for her long-running affair with Aristotle Onassis. With a diligence that borders on obsession, director Volf (also author of two books on Callas) has lovingly assembled interviews, paparazzi shots, home movies, and legendary performance footage that includes signature Bellini, Bizet, and Puccini arias. Most
affecting are excerpts from the diva’s letters and journals, read by mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, revealing depths of emotion, heartbreak, and unfulfilled longings. In English, French, and Italian with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

Note: The screenings on Friday, January 11 at 2 PM and on Tuesday, January 15 at 6 PM will be open-captioned.

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