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Aria Details

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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. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:July 14, 1987

Cast

Theresa Russell
as King Zog
Nicola Swain
as Marie
Jack Kyle
as Travis
Buck Henry
as Preston
Julie Hagerty
Marianne McLoughlin
as Kate
Tilda Swinton
as Young Girl
Marion Peterson
as Les Jeunes Filles
Valerie Allain
as Les Jeunes Filles
John Hurt
as Garuso, the Actor
Anita Morris
as Phoebe
Beverly D'Angelo
as Gilda
Gary Kasper
as Jake
Elizabeth Hurley
as Marietta
Peter Birch
as Paul
Geneviève Page
Cris Campion
Sandrine Dumas
Bridget Fonda
as Lover
James Mathers
as The Lover
Linzi Drew
as Girl
Spencer Leigh
as Young Man
Sophie Ward
as Young Girl
Chris Hunter
as Assassin
Quentin Brown
as Indian Boy
John Hostetter
as Elvis Impersonator
Arthur Cox
as Major
Bertha Weiss
as Lady with Glove
Derek Farmer
as Motorbike Man
Dan Fitzgerald
as Mercedes Man
Andreas Wisniewski
Paul Brightwell
as Assassin
Jennifer Smith
Kwabena Manso
Anne Canovas
Anna Moffo
Stephanie Lane
as Baroness
Dominic Salinero
as Dancer
Bella Enahoro
Paul Collard
as Valet
Dennis Holmes
as Colonel
Dyanne Thorne
as Bride
Bunty Mathias
Frank Baker
as Assassin
John Doyle
as Blind Balloon Man
Carlo Bergonzi
Albie Selznick
as Bellboy
Ruth Halliday
as Companion
Roy Hyatt
as Chauffeur
Leontyne Price
Bertrand Bonvoisin
Jussi Bjoerling
Shirley Verrett
Delphine Rich
Ezio Flagello
Jeff Calhoun
as Dancer
Reri Grist
Alfredo Kraus
Maximillian Roeg
as Child
Michelle Read
as Nanny
Carol Neblett
Louis-Marie Taillefer
Stan Mazin
as Dancer
Robert Merrill
Gordon Winter
as Man in Background
Sevilia Delofski
as Maid

Crew

Bruce Beresford
Director
Derek Jarman
Director
Jean-Luc Godard
Director
Bill Bryden
Director
Franc Roddam
Director
Nicolas Roeg
Director
Ken Russell
Director
Charles Sturridge
Director
Julien Temple
Director
Robert Altman
Director
Don Boyd
Producer
Charles Mitchell
Producer
Tom Kuhn
Producer
Mike Watts
Producer
Bruce Beresford
Screenwriter
Derek Jarman
Screenwriter
Franc Roddam
Screenwriter
Nicolas Roeg
Screenwriter
Bill Bryden
Screenwriter
Jean-Luc Godard
Screenwriter
Ken Russell
Screenwriter
Charles Sturridge
Screenwriter
Julien Temple
Screenwriter
Don Boyd
Screenwriter
Robert Altman
Screenwriter
Harvey Harrison
Cinematographer
Dante Spinotti
Cinematographer
Gale Tattersall
Cinematographer
Mike Southon
Cinematographer
Pierre Mignot
Cinematographer
Gabriel Beristain
Cinematographer
Caroline Champetier
Cinematographer
Oliver Stapleton
Cinematographer
Ralph Mace
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jean-Philippe Rameau
From Opera by
Gustave Charpentier
From Opera by
Giuseppe Verdi
From Opera by
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
From Opera by
Ruggiero Leoncavallo
From Opera by
Michael Bradsell
Editor
Tony Lawson
Editor
Peter Cartwright
Editor
Robert Altman
Editor
Rick Elgood
Editor
Jennifer Auge
Editor
Jean-Luc Godard
Editor
Mike Cragg
Editor
Matthew Longfellow
Editor
Angus Cook
Editor
Neil Abrahamson
Editor
Stephen Altman
Production Designer
Andrew McAlpine
Production Designer
Piers Plowden
Production Designer
Scott Bushnell
Production Designer
Paul Dufficey
Production Designer
Paul Dufficey
Art Director
Piers Plowden
Art Director
Andrew McAlpine
Art Director
Stephen Altman
Art Director
Al Clark
Co-producer
Michael Hamlyn
Associate Producer
Arne Holland
Executive Producer
Tom Kuhn
Executive Producer
Jim Mervis
Executive Producer
Charles Mitchell
Executive Producer
Deborah Evans
Set Designer
Arnaud de Moleron
Set Designer
Leslie Gilda
Costume Designer
Victoria Russell
Costume Designer
Elisabetta Rogiani
Costume Designer
Alison Chitty
Costume Designer
Sandy Powell
Costume Designer
Shuna Harwood
Costume Designer
Grover Dale
Choreography
Terry Gilbert
Choreography
Jenny Shircore
Makeup
Rick Casboro
Makeup
Vilborg Aradottir
Makeup
Philomene Sammartino
Makeup
Morag Ross
Makeup
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