Rating: For all Audiences
Release Date: 18.11.2018
Length: 1h 53min
Maria by Callas
113min –English, French, Italian. Suomenkielinen tekstitys. S
TAPIO 4: SUN 18.11. 13:00
The Diva of divas in close-up
Maria Callas is still one of the most well-known opera divas in the world even though she passed away over 40 years ago. Hailed as La Divina (Divine), Callas was a superstar of her time. She was known for her unique voice and dramatic interpretations but also for her fiery temperament and stormy relationships.
The life of Maria Callas was anything but smooth sailing. The pressure about her looks, manic dieting, and the loss of her voice caused huge pain. Bad relationships were of no help. Having always wanted to become a mother, Callas had a child with Aristotle Onassis but the baby died after birth. The relationship ended and Callas became a recluse. She died when she was only 53 years old.
Tom Volf’s documentary does not aim to scandalise, Maria gets to have her own say instead. The film includes a lot of new archive material, and of course larger-than-life performances. First and foremost, this film is is a love letter to the one-of-a-kind gift of Callas: her voice.