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Aria


     
  Aria Review
Tookey's Rating
3 /10
 
Average Rating
3.50 /10
 
Starring
Theresa Russell, Nicola Swain, Buck Henry
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Directed by: Nicolas Roeg, Charles Sturridge, Jean-Luc Godard, Bruce Beresford, Robert Altman, Franc Roddam , Ken Russell, Derek Jarman, Bill Bryden
Written by: various

 
 
 
Released: 1987
   
Genre: MUSICAL
PORTMANTEAU
   
Origin: US/UK
   
Colour: C
   
Length: 98
 
 


 
10 operatic arias are interpreted visually by 10 directors.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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An interesting idea is given uninteresting treatment by directors with nothing in common, and little flair for opera; only Franc Roddam enhances his reputation. Bridget Fonda makes her screen debut, in Roddam's section Liebestod .

MIXED

Exhilaratingly successful and distractingly fragmented. Individual segments are stunning, but they come in such speedy succession that overall it is not a fully satisfying film experience... The most striking clash of images is achieved by Franc Roddam who moves Wagner's Tristan und Isolde to Las Vegas.

(Variety)

ANTI

They say it's all over when the fat lady sings. Unfortunately, as the ladies here are so slim, the film seems to go on forever.

(Simon Rose, Essential Film Guide, 1993)
Unexpectedly boring.
(Nick Martin & Marsha Porter, Video Movie Guide, 1998)

Godawful.

(Leonard Maltin, Maltin's Movie & Video Guide, 2004)

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