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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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Robert Altman (segment), Bruce Beresford (segment) | 8 more credits »
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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 ... 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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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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Orson Welles agreed to direct one segment, and asked for a contract to be sent to him in Los Angeles. He died before signing the contract, which had been sent, according to producer Don Boyd, to an address that turned out to be the funeral parlor in which he was laid out. Boyd is still unsure whether this was Welles' final joke. 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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Referenced in Lady Gaga: 911 (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

Nessun dorma
from "Turandot"
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Jussi Björling (as Jussi Bjoerling) with Orchestra Del Teatro Dell'Opera Di Roma (as Rome Opera House Orchestra)
Conducted by Erich Leinsdorf
segment "Nessun dorma"
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TEN arias, TEN directors - a FEAST!
30 March 2001 | by adewSee all my reviews

If you like Opera, all the arias will be familiar. The treatments the ten directors give to one aria each, are totally removed from their original context. Nessun Dorma from Turandot becomes the vision of a girl in a near-fatality - gripping imagery culminates in the final VINCERO! of her survival . . .John Hurt lip-synching Vesti la Giubba from I Pagliacci is perhaps the low-point, but the madly bawdy Robert Altmann scene fails too - the rest is a lavish treat! The tragedy of children dying is captured in gritty black and white to the serene melody of Verdi's La Vergine Dell' Angeli, the remarkable outcome of an assasination attempt at a King's life is done brilliantly to the backing of La Sua Parole from A Masked Ball . . . with totally different ending to the one in the Opera! See this, then view it again; you will be amazed and enriched - if you like Opera, that is. If you do not, and have no desire to, then please: go back to the usual fare - this will have very little to offer you - enjoy your Stallone and van Damme.


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Country:

UK

Language:

Italian | French | German | English

Release Date:

15 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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 Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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