• Film

Callas Forever


Time Out says

Maria Callas died a recluse in Paris at 53, heart and will apparently broken by Aristotle Onassis’ desertion. Occasional concerts after her retirement showed the voice, never especially beautiful, had become a wreck. Here, Zeffirelli, the diva’s friend and collaborator, weaves a fantasy about those last years in which Callas is persuaded to mime a film of ‘Carmen’ to her old recording. She ultimately decides it’s untruthful and forbids its release. The result is a multinational mish-mash for the woman’s mag market. We’re deep in Zeffirelli-land here – youths are comely, lads are likely, decor is kitsch, and dialogue is drowned by the thud of cliché hitting earth. Fanny Ardant fleetingly resembles the Greek-American soprano when coiffed and hatted, while Jeremy Irons’s opera-loving millionaire rock-promoter is as likely as Joan Plowright waddling pensionably through the role of a hotshot columnist. Young men smoulder, Callas smoulders, her cigarillo smoulders, the bull smoulders – oh sorry, this Zeffirelli production uncharacteristically omits the livestock. But there’s still a lot of bullshit around.

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 19 November 2004
  • Duration:115 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Franco Zeffirelli
  • Screenwriter:Martin Sherman, Franco Zeffirelli
  • Cast:
    • Fanny Ardant
    • Jeremy Irons
    • Joan Plowright
    • Jay Rodan
    • Gabriel Garko
    • Manuel de Blas
    • Justino Diaz
    • Jean Dalric
    • Stephen Billington
    • Anna Lelio
    • Alessandro Bertolucci
    • Olivier Galfione
    • Roberto Sanchez
    • Achille Brugnini
    • Eugene Kohn
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