Aria (1988)

Using ten arias from renowned operas, ten directors each created vignettes supposedly relating to their operatic material -- most viewers would likely find it difficult to match the vignettes with their operatic sources.

Rated: R
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Release Date: July 6, 1999
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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The best of the 10 segments is, perhaps predictably, the rare one without lofty pretensions.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Uneven compendium film. Russell, Temple, and Roddam are the best things. Goddard is the worst.

Shane Burridge

So diverse in nature that it can only be evaluated piecemeal

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I am not sure that any indispensable statement about opera has been made here, and purists will no doubt recoil by the irreverence of some of the images. But the film is fun almost as a satire of itself.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

pretentious piffle that's pretty much one sour note after another

Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Is it worth watching a film composed of ten segments in order to appreciate three or four? It might not be worthwhile, but it would be a shame to miss Godard, Sturridge and Roddam's work.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Aria gives 10 filmmakers a chance to create vignettes set to well-known opera arias.

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Christopher Null

Seriously, do vanity projects like this really need to be made? Don't we all have better things to do?

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Curtis Lilly
Wow. What a bunch of weak sauce artistic crap. Not only did the whole thing completely suck, but it was super slow while it sucked. I read that like three of… More
Michael S
Overall, I liked this "movie" but I wouldn't watch it again.