Aria

Aria

Downloadable Video - 2018
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10 of the world's greatest directors were commissioned to create short pieces based on the world's greatest opera music. Erotic, demented, funny, poignant, extravagant, and outrageous, the result is breathtaking and totally unique.

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MT60
Aug 03, 2017

Watched it because of the opera music and hype. Glad I did so but found it rather boring.

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jimg2000
Jul 27, 2017

Like the highly acclaimed "Fellini Satyricon 1969" classic artsy film, I did not get all of the parodies that accompanied the timeless aria. Though with minimal dialogue, mostly foreign, there were no subtitles. Wiki has a super write up that offered more details on each of the shorts (see "Summary.") However, loved the music, cinematography (thanks to the HD transfer,) settings, most of the stories and those beautiful actors. There were 10 shorts:

Nicolas Roeg - "Un ballo in maschera" - An asassination
Charles Sturridge - "La virgine degli angeli" - A tragedy
Jean-Luc Godard - "Armide" - Iron men not tempted
Julien Temple - "Rigoletto" - The love hotel
Bruce Beresford - "Die tote Stadt" - A new bride, Elizabeth Hurley's first film at 22
Robert Altman - "Les Boréades" - Nutty opera audiences
Franc Roddam - "Liebestod" - Bridget Fonda's first film and in the nude at 23
Ken Russell - "Nessun dorma" - A fallen angel?
Derek Jarman - "Depuis le jour" - When I was young, Tilda Swinton at 27 in one of her earliest films
Bill Bryden - "I pagliacci" - Over the hill actor

Critics:
5.8/10 IMDb
3/4 Roger Ebert
50% Rotten Tomatoes

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jimg2000
Jul 27, 2017

Aria is a 1987 British anthology film produced by Don Boyd from Virgin Group's visual section consisting of ten short films by a variety of directors. It was entered into the 1987 Cannes Film Festival.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aria_(film)

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jimg2000
Jul 27, 2017

Orchestra: Rigoletto By Verdi and dialogue in English about cheating hearts:
I absolutely refuse to leave my wife on her sickbed... and go off and scout
locations for some movie.
-Honey, you're the producer. That's your job. You've got to go.
So understanding.
-It is just for one night. The show must go on.
Is there anything I can do for you before I go, my darling?
-Just promise me you'll miss me.
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Are you an actress?
-I used to be an actress.
Ja. I am here with a producer. He promised me a part in the next picture.
-I did that once. I hope you have better luck than I did, honey.
You ... you didn't get the part?
-No, I got the producer.

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