Aria (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

Aria (1988)




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Movie Info

Using ten arias from renowned operas, ten directors each created vignettes supposedly relating to their operatic material -- most viewers would likely find it difficult to match the vignettes with their operatic sources.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Art House & International, Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By: , , , , , , , , , ,
Written By: Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, Bill Bryden, Derek Jarman, Franc Roddam
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 6, 1999
Academy Entertainment


John Hurt
as The Actor
Buck Henry
as Preston
Jack Kyle
as Travis
Bridget Fonda
as Young Lover
Marion Peterson
as Les Jeunes Filles
Julie Hagerty
as Principle Artist
Valerie Allain
as Les Jeunes Filles
Ruth Halliday
as Companion
Denis Holmes
as Colonel
Dan Fitzgerald
as Mercedes Man
Johnny Doyle
as Blind Balloon Man
David Ross
as Doorman
Lucy Oliver
as Woman in Background
Gordon Winter
as Man in Background
James Mathers
as The Lover
Derek Farmer
as Motorbike Man
John Hostetter
as Elvis Impersonator
Bertha Weiss
as Lady with Glove
Tilda Swinton
as Young Girl
Spencer Leigh
as Young Man
Sophie Ward
as Young Girl
Fernand Dumont
as Baritone Voice
Leontyne Price
as Aria Performer
Carlo Bergonzi
as Aria Performer
Robert Merrill
as Aria Performer
Shirley Verrett
as Aria Performer
Reri Grist
as Aria Performer
Georgio Tozzi
as Aria Performer
Ezio Flagello
as Aria Performer
Rachel Yakar
as Aria Performer
Zeger Vandersteene
as Aria Performer
Daniele Borst
as Aria Performer
Alfredo Kraus
as Aria Performer
Anna Moffo
as Aria Performer
Carol Neblett
as Aria Performer
Rene Kollo
as Aria Performer
Jennifer Smith
as Aria Performer
Roy Hyatt
as Chauffeur
Anne-Marie Rodde
as Aria Performer
Philippe Langridge
as Aria Performer
Jussi Bjoerling
as Aria Performer
Enrico Caruso
as Aria Performer
Frank Baker
as Assassin
Chris Hunter
as Assassin
Stan Mazin
as Dancer
Derick Coleman
as Indian Boy
Quentin Brown
as Indian Boy
John Doyle
as Blind Balloon Man
Frank Baker
as Assassin
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Critic Reviews for Aria

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

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

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Aria gives 10 filmmakers a chance to create vignettes set to well-known opera arias.

Full Review… | August 28, 2004
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)

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.

Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

Overall, I liked this "movie" but I wouldn't watch it again.

Michael S

Super Reviewer

Giving some of the best directors their chance to act out their screen fantasies to beautiful arias? The resulting works are phenomenal - and frightening, in some cases, truly dark.

Meg Gest

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