Story

Modern noir meets high opera in the French suspense flick Diva. Delivery boy Jules has an opera obsession. He spends his small disposable income on sophisticated sound equipment and manages to bootleg a live performance of his favorite diva, Cynthia Hawkins (played by real-life opera singer Wilhelmina Wiggins Fernandez). But Jules is spotted making the recording by shady investors who want the tape. As if that weren't enough, a second cassette, filled with enough evidence to topple an international drug and prostitution ring, makes its way into Jules's mailbag. Writer-director Jean-Jacques Beineix does a terrific job of adapting Delacorta's pulpy novel for the screen, keeping all the excitement while adding a layer of depth. A movie to make even a dedicated opera hater appreciate a perfectly sung aria, Diva has enormous loft apartments, thugs galore, gorgeous visuals, and a corker of a chase scene. Watch it--and watch your back. --Ali Davis

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Wilhelmenia Fernandez
Richard Bohringer
Frédéric Andréi
Dominique Pinon
Thuy An Luu
Jacques Fabbri
Chantal Deruaz

  • Genre: Mystery Movies
  • Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix
  • Producer: Anchor Bay
  • Length: 123 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaApr 23, 1982
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 12, 2001
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