We showed Maria By Callas at this year’s festival, but we’re bringing it back by popular acclaim, as they say. This is the first film to tell the life story of the legendary Greek/American opera singer completely in her own words. Told through performances, TV interviews, home movies, family photographs, private letters and unpublished memoirs-nearly all of which are shown here for the first time, the film reveals the essence of an extraordinary woman who rose from humble beginnings in New York City to become a glamorous international superstar and one of the greatest artists of all time.
“A documentary that revitalizes history through primary sources, to illuminating, at times enthralling effect.” — Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times
“What emerges is a portrait of a woman of extraordinary natural gifts and work ethic, who was pressured to become a superstar by her mother and then her husband, instead of a conventional homemaker and mother.” — Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
“Maria By Callas… expertly presents an emotional essence of this performer, leaving you both shaken and stirred by the extent of her gifts and the way they connected to both audiences and her tumultuous life.” — Kenneth Turan, L.A. Times
Fanny Ardant, Joyce DiDonato, Maria Callas, Aristotle Onassis
English, French, Italian
Sony Pictures Classics