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Aria (1987)

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An international collection of well-known directors contributed to this compilation film, each fashioning a short film inspired by an aria from a famous opera. The approaches vary broadly, from the playful abstraction of Jean-Luc Godard's segment, which illustrates Armide with exercising body-builders, to the more literal approach of Franc Roddam, who transports Tristan und Isolde's story to modern-day Las Vegas. A particular stand-out is Julian Temple's take on Rigoletto, which recasts Verdi as

Jul 6, 1999

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The best of the 10 segments is, perhaps predictably, the rare one without lofty pretensions.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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I am not sure that any indispensable statement about opera has been made here, and purists will no doubt recoil by the irreverence of some of the images. But the film is fun almost as a satire of itself.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Aria gives 10 filmmakers a chance to create vignettes set to well-known opera arias.

August 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Uneven compendium film. Russell, Temple, and Roddam are the best things. Goddard is the worst.

February 2, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

pretentious piffle that's pretty much one sour note after another

July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

Seriously, do vanity projects like this really need to be made? Don't we all have better things to do?

August 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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So diverse in nature that it can only be evaluated piecemeal

January 1, 2000 Full Review
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Is it worth watching a film composed of ten segments in order to appreciate three or four? It might not be worthwhile, but it would be a shame to miss Godard, Sturridge and Roddam's work.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Audience Reviews for Aria

Wow. What a bunch of weak sauce artistic crap. Not only did the whole thing completely suck, but it was super slow while it sucked. I read that like three of them were awful, and the rest were good. But I couldn't tell the difference, not a single story was worth a poop in an old tin can.
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Overall, I liked this "movie" but I wouldn't watch it again.
April 2, 2007
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