Maria returns to the big screen “in person” through the new documentary film by Tom Volf.
“There are two people in me. I would like to be Maria, but there is the Callas I need to live up to” – Maria Callas
Forty one years after her death, Maria Callas (1923-1977) the artist whom Leonard Bernstein once called Callas “the Bible of opera,” remains still one of classical music’s best-selling vocalists and a legend that continuously grow. Last year, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of her passing, along with tons of the release of newly restored historical recordings and special editions, Maria Callas appeared as a hologram before the audience eyes, performing live with orchestras in a series of concerts.
In contrast to last year’s spooky for my taste Maria’s apparition, this year Tom Volf’s MARIA BY CALLAS is the first film tells 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Told through performances, TV interviews, home movies, family photographs, private letters and unpublished memoirs—nearly all of which have never been shown to the public—the film reveals the essence of an extraordinary woman who rose from humble beginnings in New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.
Assembling the material for the film took director Volf four years of painstaking research, which included personal outreach to dozens of Callas’s closest friends and associates, who allowed him to share their personal memorabilia in the film. When recordings of Callas’s voice aren’t available, Joyce DiDonato, one of contemporary opera’s biggest stars, reads her words.
Peter Travers, critic from Rolling Stones said: “Here’s the intimate, unabashedly reverential new documentary that gives legendary diva Maria Callas the encore she deserves. And in her own voice. Fasten your seatbelts.”
Ben Kenigsberg from New York Times said: “A documentary that revitalizes history through primary sources, to illuminating, at times enthralling effect.”
Kenneth Turran from L.A Times said: “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.
Maria by Calls, is A Sony Pictures Classics release and is currently playing at
City Cinemas Paris Theatre on 4 W. 58th St., New York, NY 10019
Angelika Film Center & Cafe on 18 W. Houston St., NEW YORK, NY 10012
Watch the official US Trailer on the link below: