A project in which the tension between the directors and their material allows them to poke a little fun at their own styles and obsessions.



In ARIA, ten of the world’s most creative and celebrated directors were each given the same brief: to choose a piece of opera music and then present a visual interpretation of that music with complete artistic freedom. The 10 directors are Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, Bill Bryden, Jean Luc Godard, Derek Jarman, Franc Roddam, Nicolas Roeg, Ken Russell, Charles Sturridge, and Julien Temple. Actors featured in this one-of-a-kind film include John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Bridget Fonda, Buck Henry, Beverly D’Angelo, Julie Hagerty, and Anita Morris. The music was sourced from the massive RCA Red Seal catalog; the score features some of the world’s best opera singers. Produced by British filmmaker Don Boyd in 1987, this reissue has been painstakingly restored from the original 35mm internegative, and transferred to a widescreen HD master for this presentation.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

None of the directors chose to just go ahead and film their aria in a straightforward traditional way. Bill Bryden comes closest, with a wraparound segment starring John Hurt as a has-been virtuoso remembering his happier days. His story continues between each of the other arias, and finally he ...

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