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Some get high on airplane glue... detergents... fancy gimmicks. My satori is this: Zen in the art of buttering bread!

--Gorodish

France: 1981 -- Directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix

Written by Jean-Jacques Beineix, Daniel Odier (novel Diva) and Jean Van Hamme

Starring Frédéric Andréi, Roland Bertin and Wilhelmina Wiggins Fernandez .

"And some women find police work dull!"


Modern noir meets high opera in the French suspense flick Diva. Delivery boy Jules has an opera obsession. He spends his small disposable income on sophisticated sound equipment and manages to bootleg a live performance of his favorite diva, Cynthia Hawkins (played by real-life opera singer Wilhelmina Wiggins Fernandez). But Jules is spotted making the recording by shady investors who want the tape. As if that weren't enough, a second cassette, filled with enough evidence to topple an international drug and prostitution ring, makes its way into Jules's mailbag. Writer-director Jean-Jacques Beineix does a terrific job of adapting Delacorta's pulpy novel for the screen, keeping all the excitement while adding a layer of depth. A movie to make even a dedicated opera hater appreciate a perfectly sung aria, Diva has enormous loft apartments, thugs galore, gorgeous visuals, and a corker of a chase scene. Watch it--and watch your back. --Ali Davis

Hope to see you there. I'll save you an aisle seat and a bootleg tape of the movie!


Awards

Won French César award for Best Cinematography, Best First Work, and Best Music Written for a Film

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Memorable Quotes

[At Jules' apartment]
Alba: Pretty gloomy setting!
Jules: Think so? A monument to disaster... deluxe style!

Jules: Where are we?
Alba: In a castle.
Jules: What castle?
Alba: Where the witch makes poisoned red apples to advertise the toothpaste movie stars use.

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