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  • Summary: The special relationship between Callas (Ardant) and her former manager (Irons) forms the heart of this compelling fictional imagining of the diva's swan song, written and directed by the late Callas's friend and colleague, Franco Zeffirelli, in a worthy tribute to his legendary friend. (Regent Releasing) Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. The result is not only one of Zeffirelli's sumptuous productions but also a film that celebrates the sacredness of artistic integrity that to Zeffirelli Callas embodied fully.
  2. Her (Ardant's) diva-in-decline is funny, lightly campy and dead-on in the way it encapsulates the sadness at the end of a selfish life lived only for art.
  3. Ardant is marvelously genuine: fiery, petty, exalted.
  4. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    50
    Main body of the movie is weighed down by flat, expository dialogue and a lot of pedestrian filming. However, Zeffirelli's shooting of the "Carmen" sequences, which make up a sizable chunk of the film and are far and away the pic's most exhilarating sections, are graceful and fluid.
  5. This fictional "what if" scenario is a bit campy and stagey, like a session of Opera 101. But it has one great thing in its favor: Ardant.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    In sum, a big, honking tutti-frutti sundae of a movie that nonetheless is shot through with authentic feeling.
  7. 30
    A hysterically over-the-top backstage melodrama whose temperature seldom falls below overheated.

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 2

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