You Can’t Turn Back the Clock
Release Date: November 05, 2004
Starring: Fanny Ardant, Jeremy Irons,
Joan Plowright, Jay Rodan, and
Genre: Musical Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 111 minutes
Distributor: Regent Releasing
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Riccardo Tozzi and Giovanella
Producer: Riccardo Tozzi and Giovanella
Zannoni EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:
Marco Chimenz and Giovanni
Writer: Martin Sherman and Franco
Zeffirelli BASED ON THE
NOVEL/PLAY BY: N/A
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Regent Entertainment, Inc.
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Movie website: www.callasforever-themovie.com
GENRE: Musical Drama
The movie CALLAS FOREVER is a fictionalized tribute to Callas and her magnificent voice, directed by Franco Zeffirelli (JESUS OF NAZARETH). The movie begins in 1977. Jeremy Irons plays Larry Kelly, a rock manager who once managed Maria’s late career. Larry travels to Paris, where he meets a young male artist, Michael, and begins a homosexual affair. Partially deaf, Michael is a big fan of Maria’s albums.
Inspired by Michael, Larry tries to visit Maria in her palatial Paris apartment. He is shocked to find that Maria has become a total recluse, depressed and humiliated because of her deteriorating voice. Determined to re-ignite her passion and restore Maria’s legacy, Larry convinces Maria to make a movie of the popular opera CARMEN, in which she will lip-sync her own, glorious recording of many years ago. Shooting the movie goes very well, but Maria has grave doubts about the artistic honesty of the project.
Fanny Ardant delivers a wonderful performance as Maria Callas, but the scenes from Bizet’s opera CARMEN are more striking than the rest of this movie. Thus, viewers who see CALLAS FOREVER might wish they had seen that movie instead of the one they get here. Every time the scenes from the opera are shown, Zeffirelli makes us wish we could see more of that, or, better yet, a re-creation of Maria’s glory days in the 1950s. CALLAS FOREVER also contains strong references to Larry and Michael’s homosexuality, a gratuitous sub-plot that adds little or nothing to the story.
On a more positive note, the movie shows that we can’t turn back the clock. We have to take advantage of the opportunities God gives us in our younger days and move on from there. The movie also extols artistic beauty and artistic integrity.
Fanny Ardant gives a wonderful performance as Maria Callas, but the scenes from Bizet’s opera CARMEN are more striking than the rest of this movie. Thus, viewers who see CALLAS FOREVER might wish they had seen that movie instead of the one they get here. CALLAS FOREVER also contains strong references to Larry’s homosexual behavior, a gratuitous sub-plot that ultimately adds little to the story.