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Callas Forever

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Source: Catholic News Service

Fictitious but true-in-spirit story of self-obsessed opera diva Maria Callas' lonely last years in Paris after she had lost her voice, wherein a gay former manager (Jeremy Irons) persuades her she can have a second career by making film versions of her most notable operas while lip-syncing to her old recordings. French accent notwithstanding, Fanny Ardant succeeds to a remarkable degree in capturing the Greek-American soprano's temperament and physical appearance, while director Franco Zeffirelli -- a close friend and colleague of Callas -- directs with the expected authority and brings special flair to the "Carmen" sequences, though the specialized subject matter will be of most interest to Callas fans and opera buffs. A few instances of rough and crude language and a couple of mild sexual situations. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.

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