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Maria By Callas (2018)



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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 Told through performances, TV interviews, home movies, family photographs, private letters and unpublished memoirs-nearly all of which have never been shown to the public-the film reveals the essence of an extraordinary woman who rose from humble beginnings in New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.


Critic Reviews for Maria By Callas

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

The film resolves as a passionate tribute to a woman who commanded the world's attention, but was never afforded its decency. It's a curtain call for Callas, and a chance for the great singer to be heard again.

October 9, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

At the very least, it will send many viewers back to the recordings, some of them superior to the renditions heard here, with a more vivid picture of the extraordinary woman who made them.

September 11, 2018 | Full Review…

What the film loses in dimensionality it gains in intimacy and focus, because only one voice is deemed necessary for us to hear.

September 11, 2018 | Full Review…
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Performances... are played in their entirety and much to the film's benefit-to see Callas perform is to comprehend the power she held over both an audience and an art form.

October 2, 2018 | Full Review…

An excellent film told entirely in Callas' own words...we feel strangely close to someone who has been dead for 40 years.

September 26, 2018 | Full Review…

The film luxuriates in her voice, and star power.

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

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