Maria By Callas (2018)


Critic Consensus: Maria by Callas offers an intimate look at the life of a brilliantly talented artist whose absorbing story matches the operatic heights reached by her work.


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Tom Volf's MARIA BY CALLAS is the first film to tell the life story of the legendary Greek/American opera singer completely in her own words. Told through performances, TV interviews, home movies, family photographs, private letters and unpublished memoirs-nearly all of which have never been shown to the public-the film reveals the essence of an extraordinary woman who rose from humble beginnings in New York City to become a glamorous international superstar and one of the greatest artists of all time. Assembling the material for the film took director Volf four years of painstaking research, which included personal outreach to dozens of Callas's closest friends and associates, who allowed him to share their personal memorabilia in the film. When recordings of Callas's voice aren't available, Joyce DiDonato, one of contemporary opera's biggest stars, reads her words.

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A fascinating and loving documentary about the 1950s Greek-American opera sensation.

Dec 7, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

[A] distinctive and affecting documentary...

Nov 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The film is unfailingly sympathetic to the diva at its center. It accepts her status as a legend and does its best to enhance it.

Nov 13, 2018 | Full Review…
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What emerges is a portrait of a woman of extraordinary natural gifts and work ethic, who was pressured to become a superstar by her mother and then her husband, instead of a conventional homemaker and mother.

Nov 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The least we can do is enjoy the fruits of her sacrifice, her rich and enormous legacy of live and studio recordings. "Maria by Callas" is a forceful reminder and an invitation to do that.

Nov 5, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

What emerges is more respectful portrait than painstaking biography, but one that will satisfy fans and undoubtedly draw in newcomers to the legacy of opera's most notoriously expressive performer.

Nov 2, 2018 | Full Review…
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