Callas Forever (2004)



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Movie Info

Renowned Italian filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli followed up 1999's critically acclaimed and BAFTA-winning Tea With Mussolini with this biopic, detailing the final days of opera diva Maria Callas, who died in 1977 of heart failure at the age of 53. French actress Fanny Ardant stars as the singer, along with Jeremy Irons as Larry Kelly, a composite character who represents several of Callas' friends who encouraged her to return to the stage. A longtime friend of Callas himself, the film was a passion … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some sexual content and strong language)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Martin Sherman, Franco Zeffirelli
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 21, 2005
Box Office: $0.3M
Regent Releasing - Official Site


as Maria Callas

as Larry Kelly

as Sarah Keller

as Michael

as Esteban Gomez

as Escamillo

as Homme d'affaires
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Critic Reviews for Callas Forever

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (26)

For Callas fans, this is a winner. For others, it should at least be interesting.

Full Review… | February 3, 2005
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

The film's portrait of the singer is indelible. The story as a whole, however, doesn't hold together, primarily because the imaginary characters and situations that surround her are so inadequately sketched.

Full Review… | January 28, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

A film that forgets to bring its central character to life.

December 24, 2004
Detroit News
Top Critic

For all the devotion Zeffirelli professes to Callas' legacy, the script reduces her to a cartoon.

Full Review… | December 23, 2004
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Although the film will hold little appeal for non-opera buffs, its warmth trumps its clichés, odd casting and overacting.

Full Review… | December 9, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

So appealing and ingratiating that it's hard not to be taken in by Zeffirelli's fantasy.

Full Review… | April 19, 2006
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Callas Forever

Fanny Ardant is great in the title role, Jeremy Irons and Joan Plowright offer exemplary support.

jay nixon

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