Maria By Callas (Documentary DVD)

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Maria By Callas (Documentary DVD)

Director: Tom Volf
Artist: Maria Callas
Format: NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Rated: PG
Region: 1 (playable in U.S. and Canadian DVD players only)
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: February 12, 2019
Run Time: 113 minutes

Tom Volf’s Maria By Callas is the first film to tell the life story of the legendary Greek-American opera singer completely in her own words.

Told through performances, TV interviews, home movies, family photographs, private letters and unpublished memoirs – nearly all of which have never been shown to the public – the film reveals the essence of an extraordinary woman who rose from humble beginnings in New York City to become a glamorous international superstar and one of the greatest artists of all time.

Assembling the material for the film took director Volf four years of painstaking research, including personal outreach to dozens of Callas’s closest friends and associates, who allowed him to share their personal memorabilia in the film. When recordings of Callas’s voice aren’t available, Joyce DiDonato, one of contemporary opera’s biggest stars, reads her words.

Callas believed that two different women lived in her: Maria, the woman who longed for a normal life; and Callas, the public figure and icon, from which an adoring public expected a transcendent experience every time she stepped onstage. Through Volf’s intimate portrait, we see that some commonly held beliefs about Callas, notably her reputation as a “tempestuous” diva, have no basis in fact – that while Callas was a demanding perfectionist, she was neither capricious nor someone who made trouble for its own sake. The film also sheds new light on Callas’s relationship with Aristotle Onassis, the supreme love of her life.

Instead of trying to sum up her vast musical repertoire through countless clips, Volf instead presents some of her most important arias in their entirety. Each aria is chosen for its significance for the period in Callas’s life during which she sang it, including: “Casta Diva” from Norma, “Love is a Rebellious Bird” from Carmen, and “I Lived for Art, I Lived for Love” from Tosca. Through hearing these full versions of Callas’s performances, the audience is able to experience a direct, unmediated response to her music, as the audiences of her time did.

Maria By Callas is a loving portrait of one of history’s most extraordinarily talented women, told in a way that is revelatory, unprecedented, and authoritative.



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