Told through performances, TV interviews, home movies, family photographs, private letters and unpublished memoirs, MARIA BY CALLAS reveals the life story of the legendary Greek/American opera singer who rose from humble beginnings to become one of the greatest artists of all time.
Tom Volf
Maria Callas Joyce DiDonato
PG 1 hour, 53 minutes

12.07.1812.20.18

MARIA BY CALLAS

by Tom Volf

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Told through performances, TV interviews, home movies, family photographs, private letters and unpublished memoirs, MARIA BY CALLAS reveals the life story of the legendary Greek/American opera singer who rose from humble beginnings to become one of the greatest artists of all time.

Synopsis

Tom Volf's MARIA BY CALLAS is the first film to tell the life story of the legendary Greek/American opera singer completely in her own words.

Told through performances, TV interviews, home movies, family photographs, private letters and unpublished memoirs—nearly all of which have never been shown to the public—the film reveals the essence of an extraordinary woman who rose from humble beginnings in New York City to become a glamorous international superstar and one of the greatest artists of all time.

Assembling the material for the film took director Volf four years of painstaking research, which included personal outreach to dozens of Callas's closest friends and associates, who allowed him to share their personal memorabilia in the film. When recordings of Callas's voice aren't available, Joyce DiDonato, one of contemporary opera's biggest stars, reads her words.

Callas believed that two different women lived in her: Maria, the woman who longed for a normal life; and Callas, the public figure and icon, from which an adoring public expected a transcendent experience every time she stepped onstage, and which could quickly become outraged when they felt she had given them anything less. Through Volf's intimate portrait of Callas, we see that some commonly held beliefs about Callas, notably her reputation as a "tempestuous" diva, have no basis in fact. MARIA BY CALLAS revisits many of the most notable controversies of Callas's life, from the "Rome Cancellation" to her conflict with the Metropolitan Opera's Rudolf Bing, and demonstrates that, while Callas was a demanding perfectionist, she was neither capricious nor someone who made trouble for its own sake. The film also sheds new light on Callas's relationship with Aristotle Onassis, the supreme love of her life.

Instead of trying to sum up her vast musical repertoire through countless clips, Volf instead presents some of her most important arias in their entirety. Each aria is chosen for its significance for the period in Callas's life during which she sang them. These arias include: "Casta Diva" ("Norma"), "Love is a Rebellious Bird" ("Carmen"), and "I Lived for Art, I Lived for Love" ("Tosca"). Through hearing these full versions of Callas's performances, the audience is able to experience a direct, unmediated response to her music, as the audiences of her time did. MARIA BY CALLAS is a loving portrait of one of history's most extraordinarily talented women, told in a way that is revelatory, unprecedented, and authoritative.


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With

Maria Callas, Joyce DiDonato

Director

Tom Volf

Run time

1 hour, 53 minutes

Released

November 2, 2018

Distributed by

Sony Pictures Classics

Country

France

Hearing Assistance

Closed Captioning Available
Descriptive Audio Devices Available
Assisted Listening Devices Available

Showing

Dec 7 through Dec 20

12.16 Sun 12:00, 2:20, 4:40, 7:00, 9:20 p.m.
12.17 Mon 4:40, 7:00, 9:20 p.m.
12.18 Tue 4:40, 7:00, 9:20 p.m.
12.19 Wed 4:40, 7:00, 9:20 p.m.
12.20 Thu 4:40, 7:00, 9:20 p.m.
pg
for mild thematic elements, some smoking and brief language

Reviews

Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times
Peter Travers Rolling Stone
Ben Kenigsberg The New York Times

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