Callas Forever (2004)
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as Maria Callas
as Larry Kelly
as Sarah Keller
as Esteban Gomez
as Homme d'affaires
Critic Reviews for Callas Forever
For Callas fans, this is a winner. For others, it should at least be interesting.
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.
A film that forgets to bring its central character to life.
For all the devotion Zeffirelli professes to Callas' legacy, the script reduces her to a cartoon.
Although the film will hold little appeal for non-opera buffs, its warmth trumps its clichés, odd casting and overacting.
A tribute to an artist that never approaches art.
Audience Reviews for Callas Forever
Zeffirelli's tribute to his friend is uneven. The music is wonderful. Fanny Ardant is wonderful as Callas. But, the whole subplot with Jeremy Irons' boyfriend was boring and almost entirely unrelated to the rest of the movie. It would have been more interesting if this had been a full retrospective or had given more time to her trying to recover her voice, but that was kind of glossed over at the end of the film. No matter. I still liked it because I got to hear Maria Callas recordings for almost two hours.
Fantastic!!! I don't know why some many reviewers gave this movie low marks. Franco Zeffirelli has directed some of the most artistic films of the 1960s and 1970s. (and this is one of them!!) I like opera. I love Maria Callas (I have 35 Vinyl lp of her) I love all the films of Franco Zeffirelli. I love the opera Carmen. I love Paris France. I love this film. The film has problems see some of the other reviews. This film is a lavish and loving tribute to Callas who was Zeffirelli's long time friend in Italy and France. MUSIC LOVERS OPERA LOVERS CALLAS LOVERS WATCH THIS MOVIE AND ENJOY!!! five stars
I love this movie! Although I am not an opera fan, Fanny Ardant makes me love Maria Callas' work, her spirit, her legacy! The film is so beautiful, it makes you feel as though you're there!
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