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Callas Assoluta - A Film by Philippe Kohly [DVD]

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Notes & Reviews:

The film achieves the seemingly impossible task of portraying the true story of the famous diva. Based on an entire year's research in eight countries, it contains the largest collection of authentic materials ever seen. Many of the scenes from her life: the photos, and amateur movies are being shown for the first time ever. This film tells the complete story of the singer and the woman.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 97 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese


Absolutely Average
For a year Philippe Kohly set out to accomplish what most filmmakers and opera buffs would shy away from. He took on the daunting task of researching the life and career of La Divina herself Ė Miss Maria Callas Ė in order to shed some light on her life. The interviews, home videos and photographs do a good job in giving insight to the personal and professional sides of Callas. However, the editing did not do the film any justice. It is choppy and jumps around leaving very visible seams. When they used sound bites of Callas, the photos and home videos were a nice treat. At other times, it seemed like they ran out of clips and just showed a mannequin spinning around with costumes Callas wore in some of her most famous roles. Thatís fine once, but after several times, it was a little much. On the whole I enjoyed the film, but I donít think this is the best Callas documentary I have seen.
Submitted on 10/20/09 by E. Apuzzo 
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  • Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)