Aria

Directed by Bill Bryden, Bruce Beresford, Charles Sturridge

Image Entertainment | July 6, 1999 | DVD

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If you think that opera music has to be boring and rigid, then this collection of short films will change your mind. Each of the world's top 10 directors contributes one vignette inspired by an operatic aria of their choice - the result is experimental, emotional and full of energy. This is Verdi, Wagner, Puccini and others, as you've never heard them before. Besides its evocative soundtrack, Aria is packed full of talented stars such as John Hurt, Theresa Russell and Bridget Fonda. Although it doesn't have the traditional plot line you come to expect in a movie, this original creation will blow you away with its powerful messages.

Video Release: July 6, 1999

Theatrical Release: 1987

Runtime: 91

Rating: R (MPAA)

Studio: Image Entertainment

UPC: 014381470123

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Video Release: July 6, 1999

Theatrical Release: 1987

Runtime: 91

Rating: R (MPAA)

Studio: Image Entertainment

UPC: 014381470123


Edition Description
  • Stereo, Dolby
  • Color
  • Digitally Processed
  • Runtime: 91 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Originally in English

Synopsis

Episodic feature made up of ten short films by ten international directors. Each director was asked to choose an aria from an operatic work, and create a short film inspired by the emotions and intensity of the music. Films include a meditation on vanity and narcissism with bodybuilders and naked women by Jean-Luc Godard, a double suicide in a bathtub by Franc Roddam, and a married couple deciding to meet up with their respective lovers at the same hotel by Julien Temple. Composers include Verdi, Lully, and Wagner.

Description

This avante-garde, often comic, compilation film in music-video style features ten reknowned directors' short interpretations of arias from operas by Verdi, Puccini, Wagner and others. Includes nudity.

Notes

Directors were instructed not to have their films act out the narrative of the opera arias, but to create something different from the emotionality of the movies. Bridget Fonda made her film debut with "Aria."
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