Genre Comedy, Drama, Music
Country United Kingdom
|Language Italian, French, German|
Director Robert AltmanBruce BeresfordBill BrydenJean-Luc GodardDerek JarmanFranc RoddamNicolas RoegKen RussellCharles SturridgeJulien Temple
Writer Don Boyd, Louis de Cahusac, Philippe Quinault
Release date 15 September, 1987
Directors Ken Russell, Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Altman
Music director Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Songs Un Ballo in Maschera (RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra feat conductor: Erich Leinsdorf)
Cast Theresa Russell (King Zog), Bridget Fonda (Lover), Buck Henry (Preston), Elizabeth Hurley (Marietta), Stephanie Lane (Baroness), John Hurt (The Actor)
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Tagline Ten great directors. One unforgettable film. The most sensual experience you'll ever have in a movie theater.
John hurt vesti la giubba aria 1987
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.
- John hurt vesti la giubba aria 1987
- Siskel ebert aria 1987
- Un ballo in maschera
- La vergine degli angeli from La forza del destino
- Glck das mir verblieb from Die tote Stadt
- Abaris ou les Borades
- Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
- Nessun dorma from Turandot
- Depuis le jour from Louise
- Vesti la giubba from Pagliacci
- Critical response
Each segment features its director's visual accompaniment to arias and scenes from operas. Each film has minimal dialogue (most have none at all), with most of the spoken content being the operas' lyrics (libretto) in Italian, French, or German.
The music archive source was RCA Red Seal Records (which at the time included Erato Records, a label which later went to Warner Music; RCA is now a part of Sony Music Entertainment, further complicating the film's music rights).
Siskel ebert aria 1987
Un ballo in maschera
A fictionalised account of a 1931 assassination attempt on King Zog I of Albania, notable for his shooting back at his would-be assassins and surviving. (In the actual attempt, King Zog was leaving a performance of Pagliacci.)
"La vergine degli angeli" from La forza del destino
Two London teenage girls and a young boy steal a car.
Two young women try to attract the attention of oblivious bodybuilders, eventually stripping off.
"Glück, das mir verblieb" from Die tote Stadt
A look at the seemingly-dead city of Bruges, Belgium. Scenic footage of the empty streets and cemeteries is intercut with a duet of two lovers, providing counterpoint to the dead city.
Abaris ou les Boréades
A re-creation of opening night at Paris's Théâtre Le Ranelagh in 1734. The audience is filled with a raffish assortment of inmates from an asylum.
"Liebestod" from Tristan und Isolde
Two young lovers arrive in Las Vegas. After driving down Fremont Street, they check into a cheap hotel room where they unsuccessfully try to commit suicide following the consummation of their relationship.
"Nessun dorma" from Turandot
After a car crash, a lovely young girl imagines her body is being adorned by jewels mirroring her injuries, in a tribal ritual parallel to the procedures of the surgical team treating her, until she wakes up in the operating room after resuscitation.
"Depuis le jour" from Louise
A veteran opera singer gives her final performance, intercut by 8mm home movies of an early love affair.
"Vesti la giubba" from Pagliacci
A virtuoso remembers his career while arriving at an opera house, visiting the dressing room to put on his clown makeup, and performing the aria for his audience of one. (This story provides a vague framing narrative to link together the other segments.)
The closing credits, after replaying a small excerpt of each of the ten operas, are again set to the overture to Giuseppe Verdi's La traviata, thus finally closing the cycle.
ReferencesAria (film) Wikipedia
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