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Does Anyone Remember The 1981 French Film "Diva"

It was so stylized and affecting. But it seems to have been forgotten.

by Anonymousreply 2508/21/2013

It was the epitome of cool for me and my friends when it came out. But even a few years later I could see many flaws. I still love "La Wally" which the film introduced me to.

by Anonymousreply 108/19/2013


by Anonymousreply 208/19/2013

My husband loves this film. The NuArt theater in Santa Monica has the film poster hanging in its lobby.

by Anonymousreply 308/19/2013

The aria recorded in it haunted me for years and years.

by Anonymousreply 408/19/2013

I haven't thought of that film in years, but I absolutely adored it when it came out!

I should get out my snorkel and mask, and use them when chopping onions.

by Anonymousreply 508/20/2013

I remember it. Glitzy, some good action scenes, all the trappings of art, except art.

by Anonymousreply 608/20/2013

It does bring back memories of a very specific time in my life.

by Anonymousreply 708/20/2013

the boy was hot

by Anonymousreply 808/20/2013

Forgotten? Not by me.

The soundtrack is one of my all time favorites.

The movie is a classic. I own it on DVD. So deserves a blue ray edition.

by Anonymousreply 908/20/2013

Hollywood threatened to do a remake in the early 90s with Diana Ross as the diva. Fortunately, nothing came of it.

by Anonymousreply 1008/20/2013

I'd like to see it remade today.

by Anonymousreply 1108/20/2013

I saw the movie back in the mid-80s, at an art theater in Columbus, OH, when it had already been out for a few years. LOVED it. I bought the DVD a few weeks ago. Saw it in a bargain bin for $6. Very worth the money. Also introduced me to La Wally. I don't know if it's a great movie, but it's very stylized and a lot of fun to watch.

by Anonymousreply 1208/20/2013

Isn't it based on an incident involving Jessye Norman?

by Anonymousreply 1308/20/2013

I didn't think so, the novelette predates her career

by Anonymousreply 1408/20/2013

Jessye was, um, huge in Europe from the early 70s on.

by Anonymousreply 1508/20/2013

R11, I hope they don't decide to do a remake now with Beyoncé (I can't sing so my sister hides behind the stage at concerts and sings my vocal parts) Knowles.

by Anonymousreply 1608/20/2013

I could see it being redone with Jennifer Hudson.

by Anonymousreply 1708/20/2013

"And some women find police work dull!"

by Anonymousreply 1808/20/2013

This is my favorite film!!! The scene where the woman gets off the morning commuter train and she is barefoot and trying to blend in, freaked me out. It's one of the most suspenseful movies I've ever seen; great score; incredible cinematography.

A few years later I read the novel and it is not nearly as good. It has a few of the same characters but the plot is entirely different.

by Anonymousreply 1908/21/2013

indeed, the images are so powerful in the film, the novelette was merely good.

by Anonymousreply 2008/21/2013

One of my favorite movies. Criterion should do a version. Remember Frederic Andrei played the French boy who romanced Jo when the Facts of Life girls invaded France?

I read all the books by Delacorta. They really are fun, breezy little novels, good beach reads. "Diva" is actually the third book.

by Anonymousreply 2108/21/2013

Great film, great music! It should have been the start of a fantastic singing acting career for The Diva, but sadly Wilhelminia Wiggins-Fernandez was a nitwit who came across as borderline retarded in interviews. I do hope she's still singing somewhere, though. ☺

by Anonymousreply 2208/21/2013

Loved it, you can see the clip with the beautiful aria on YouTube. Too bad about WWF, she was mesmerizing while performing that aria!

by Anonymousreply 2308/21/2013

I always remember the piano piece as the love song for real Silver and Jeremy on AMC.

by Anonymousreply 2408/21/2013

Ca pue l'essence!

by Anonymousreply 2508/21/2013
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