Aria

Aria

Nicolas Roeg (1987)

88min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This is the cinematic equivalent of the Three Tenors concerts: hummable slices of opera, here interpreted visually by an eclectic selection of film directors. Understandably, it's an uneven affair but, although the true opera buff will be horrified, there are some little gems. The pick of the vignettes is Franc Roddam's take on the Liebestod from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, with Bridget Fonda (in her film debut) and James Mathers as a pair of beautiful, tragic lovers. Honourable mention, too, for Robert Altman's segment from Les Boréades (with the camera focused entirely on an audience seemingly made up of inmates from an asylum) and Julien Temple's trashy and kitsch version of Verdi's Rigoletto, with Buck Henry and Anita Morris as the adulterous Hollywood couple. Jean-Luc Godard's segment is the silliest, while non-opera fans will be drawn to the Bruce Beresford section in which Elizabeth Hurley disrobes in the picturesque setting of Bruges.

Summary

Collection of short films by 10 directors, including Robert Altman, Derek Jarman, Ken Russell and Jean-Luc Godard, each inspired by a different operatic aria. Starring Theresa Russell, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Elizabeth Hurley, Bridget Fonda and Beverly D'Angelo, and featuring music by Verdi, Wagner and Puccini. In Italian, French, German and English.

Cast & Crew

TBC John Hurt
TBC Sophie Ward
TBC Theresa Russell
TBC Jackson Kyle
TBC Marian McLoughlin
TBC Buck Henry
TBC Beverly D'Angelo
TBC Anita Morris
TBC Elizabeth Hurley
TBC Peter Birch
TBC Julie Hagerty
TBC Genevieve Page
TBC Bridget Fonda
TBC James Mathers
TBC Linzi Drew
TBC Andreas Wisniewski
TBC Amy Johnson
TBC Tilda Swinton
Director Nicolas Roeg
Director Jean-Luc Godard
Director Robert Altman
Director Derek Jarman
Director Charles Sturridge
Director Julien Temple
Director Bruce Beresford
Director Franc Roddam
Director Ken Russell
Director Bill Bryden
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Virgin VisionGuidance: Sex scenes, nudity.Available on: video and DVD
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