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Aria (1987)

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Ten short pieces directed by ten different directors, including Ken Russell, Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, and Nicolas Roeg. Each short uses an aria as soundtrack/sound (... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Theresa Russell ... King Zog (segment "Un ballo in maschera")
Stephanie Lane ... Baroness (segment "Un ballo in maschera")
Roy Hyatt Roy Hyatt ... Chauffeur (segment "Un ballo in maschera")
Sevilla Delofski Sevilla Delofski ... Maid (segment "Un ballo in maschera")
Ruth Halliday Ruth Halliday ... Companion (segment "Un ballo in maschera")
Arthur Cox ... Major (segment "Un ballo in maschera")
Dennis Holmes Dennis Holmes ... Colonel (segment "Un ballo in maschera")
Paul Brightwell Paul Brightwell ... Assassin (segment "Un ballo in maschera")
Frank Baker Frank Baker ... Assassin (segment "Un ballo in maschera")
Christopher Hunter Christopher Hunter ... Assassin (segment "Un ballo in maschera") (as Chris Hunter)
Nicola Swain Nicola Swain ... Marie (segment "La virgine degli angeli")
Jackson Kyle Jackson Kyle ... Travis (segment "La virgine degli angeli")
Marianne McLoughlin Marianne McLoughlin ... Kate (segment "La virgine degli angeli")
Marion Peterson ... Les Jeunes Filles (segment "Armide")
Valérie Allain ... Les Jeunes Filles (segment "Armide")
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Storyline

Ten short pieces directed by ten different directors, including Ken Russell, Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, and Nicolas Roeg. Each short uses an aria as soundtrack/sound (Vivaldi, Bach, Wagner), and is an interpretation of the particular aria. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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A superbly sensual experience See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

Italian | French | German | English

Release Date:

30 October 1987 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ария See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,580, 20 March 1988

Gross USA:

$1,028,679

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,028,679
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Having made a name for himself with Fiddler on the Roof (1971) and Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) (amongst others), Norman Jewison was once asked what aria he would have chosen to film, and why, had the producers of this movie spoken with him about co-directing it. Jewison, who never was approached, said he would have picked something from La Bohème (The Bohemians), because the subject matter appealed to him. See more »

Quotes

Jeune Fille: [Armide segment] He looks like he's made for love. He hasn't found my eyes charming enough. He hasn't found my eyes charming enough.
Jeune Fille: O how I'd love to hate him.
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Video Discoveries (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Rigoletto (extracts)
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Robert Merrill, Anna Moffo, Alfredo Kraus with R.C.A. Italiana Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Conducted by Georg Solti (as George Solti)
segment "Rigoletto"
(extracts - "Questa o quella", "Gualtier Malde... caro nome", "La donna e' mobile" and "Addio, addio")
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erotic tension, great arias
2 August 2003 | by jkcraftSee all my reviews

I'm an opera buff, and operas are full of sex, blood and death. It may help to know the librettos of the operas the arias are from to really appreciate this film -- my mileage is very different than Tug-3. I am a classical music lover, and I liked this film.

I loved Ken Russell's "Nessun Dorma" segment, and would actually like to see him produce Turandot, because opera is supposed to be overwhelming, truly multi-media experience , but then I loved Lisztomania. I love *Turandot* and knowing the libretto so well may be why I don't find this segment the travesty that Tug-3 did.

The Buck Henry/ Rigoletto segment is probably the most approachable for the average viewer -- they are likely to recognize the tunes, and its a classic bedroom farce. I like bedroom farces, so the silliness didn't upset me.

The "Liebestod" segment is so outstanding that I recommend people watch this for that piece alone. "Depuis la Jour" was, for me, beautifully spiritual. And the Caruso recording of "Vesti la Giubba" (aka I Pagliacci) with John Hurt as the clown was wonderful. But people just wanting naked women may feel there is too much music and not enough bare flesh and sex.


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