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Aria (1988)




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An international collection of well-known directors contributed to this compilation film, each fashioning a short film inspired by an aria from a famous opera. The approaches vary broadly, from the playful abstraction of Jean-Luc Godard's segment, which illustrates Armide with exercising body-builders, to the more literal approach of Franc Roddam, who transports Tristan und Isolde's story to modern-day Las Vegas. A particular stand-out is Julian Temple's take on Rigoletto, which recasts Verdi as the accompaniment to a contemporary Southern California sex farce.

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John Hurt
as The Actor
Jack Kyle
as Travis
Buck Henry
as Preston
Bridget Fonda
as Young Lover
Marion Peterson
as Les Jeunes Filles
Julie Hagerty
as Principle Artist
Valerie Allain
as Les Jeunes Filles
Ruth Halliday
as Companion
Denis Holmes
as Colonel
Dan Fitzgerald
as Mercedes Man
Johnny Doyle
as Blind Balloon Man
David Ross
as Doorman
Lucy Oliver
as Woman in Background
Gordon Winter
as Man in Background
James Mathers
as The Lover
Derek Farmer
as Motorbike Man
John Hostetter
as Elvis Impersonator
Bertha Weiss
as Lady with Glove
Tilda Swinton
as Young Girl
Spencer Leigh
as Young Man
Sophie Ward
as Young Girl
Fernand Dumont
as Baritone Voice
Leontyne Price
as Aria Performer
Carlo Bergonzi
as Aria Performer
Robert Merrill
as Aria Performer
Shirley Verrett
as Aria Performer
Reri Grist
as Aria Performer
Georgio Tozzi
as Aria Performer
Ezio Flagello
as Aria Performer
Rachel Yakar
as Aria Performer
Zeger Vandersteene
as Aria Performer
Daniele Borst
as Aria Performer
Alfredo Kraus
as Aria Performer
Anna Moffo
as Aria Performer
Carol Neblett
as Aria Performer
Rene Kollo
as Aria Performer
Jennifer Smith
as Aria Performer
Roy Hyatt
as Chauffeur
Anne-Marie Rodde
as Aria Performer
Philippe Langridge
as Aria Performer
Jussi Bjoerling
as Aria Performer
Enrico Caruso
as Aria Performer
Frank Baker
as Assassin
Chris Hunter
as Assassin
Stan Mazin
as Dancer
Derick Coleman
as Indian Boy
Quentin Brown
as Indian Boy
John Doyle
as Blind Balloon Man
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Critic Reviews for Aria

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

The best of the 10 segments is, perhaps predictably, the rare one without lofty pretensions.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

I am not sure that any indispensable statement about opera has been made here, and purists will no doubt recoil by the irreverence of some of the images. But the film is fun almost as a satire of itself.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The most successful episode, though, is Julien Temple's cheerfully vulgar interpretation of 'La donna è mobile' from Verdi's Rigoletto.

November 22, 2020 | Full Review…

Aria gives 10 filmmakers a chance to create vignettes set to well-known opera arias.

August 28, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Uneven compendium film. Russell, Temple, and Roddam are the best things. Goddard is the worst.

February 2, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

pretentious piffle that's pretty much one sour note after another

July 29, 2002 | Rating: 1/5

Audience Reviews for Aria

Wow. What a bunch of weak sauce artistic crap. Not only did the whole thing completely suck, but it was super slow while it sucked. I read that like three of them were awful, and the rest were good. But I couldn't tell the difference, not a single story was worth a poop in an old tin can.

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

Overall, I liked this "movie" but I wouldn't watch it again.

Michael S
Michael S

Super Reviewer

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