Maria Callas Assoluta
The story of the last diva
The greatest diva of all, Maria Callas, is seen through exceptional archived footage of the 1950s.
We know that Maria Callas literally brought opera back to life. This film sets out to do the same with Maria Callas' art and life. It is a resurrection of the diva which brings back to life the period of the great Callas: the one at la Scala in the 1950s of which no footage remains.
The original dresses still exist. they provide a real evocation and are the product of patient work conducted together with la Scala: photos (Erio Piccagliani), sketches of sets, the opera itself and the stage – everything is brought together to conjure up the great Callas. Thus, in this film, Anna Bolena, La Sonnambula, and Don Carlo – operas of which no footage remains – will come back to life for the first time. It is a resurrection of her life and its meaning, as each document blends into a single story.
Richer and more poignant than fiction, this true story was selected for the 64th Venice Film Festival.
Movie director : Philippe Kohly
Playlist : Portraits of the Legends of the 20th century
Duration : 01 h 37 min
Production date : 2007
Production : © SWAN Productions – ARTE France – ERT – NoSugarNoMilk
Available version(s) : FR, EN