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2007.11.08

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G. Kenny

Of course it's still cool. Gorodish and Alba will be forever cool, just like Blake and Mortimer, just like Caldicott and Charters, for heaven's sake. They're designed that way. And it will still take some doing for the forces of evil to transform Paris into a city wherein the romance of "Diva" couldn't take place. "Carol Reed reborn with a mohawk haircut." That's not bad. Better if it had been left "Carol Reed with a mohawk," but still... I'll have to look into the work of this Kael broad...

Jared

Saw this for the first time last summer at the HFA on a double bill with Subway, which I don't think held up as well. Too many movie stars, and too claustrophobic.

lylee

Thanks for a lovely tribute to a dream of a movie...

I saw "Diva" as part of a general French culture course my freshman year of college, and at the time thought it knocked the socks off "A bout de souffle" (which I also saw as part of the same course). I liked it so much I bought it on VHS, but I haven't seen it in years. I heard it was being rereleased for its 25th but thought it was only playing in New York. Now I can't wait to reexperience it when it hits Los Angeles...Thanks for the Rialto link!

Michael Lieberman

I love this film.

I first saw it on VHS, when my video store carried about twenty foreign titles and I was determined to see all of them.

About 6 or 7 years ago, I saw this in Toronto when I caught a Radiohead show. Back then, before the MPAA was as berserk as it is now, I took my 35mm SLR into theaters and snapped frames throughout the film. I forgot about how much my actions mimicked the character's. Also, I no longer take pictures in theaters -- I can barely pay off student loans let alone an MPAA fine.

Elizabeth McKee

no mention of the great bit part by the evil brother from A Nos Amours?

Filmbrain

Elizabeth --

I didn't even spot him -- who was he in Diva?

Elizabeth McKee

he is the record store cashier!!!

Filmbrain

Ah....nice catch, Elizabeth! I didn't notice him.

Ugolin

"What's most remarkable about watching Diva today is how much it is a product of its time."

Is this the "most remarkable" bit about the movie? Or is the line just another bit of Filmbrain's sloppy, wooden prose.

Filmbrain

Most likely the latter.

However, I don't believe I said it was the most remarkable thing about the film. Sloppy reading?

Hotspur

In case anyone was wondering what happened to Diva star Frederic Andrei, you'll be happy to hear he and his motorbike found gainful employment a year later in the TV movie "The Facts of Life Goes to Paris"! You can watch it in all its cross-cultural glory here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3DTyeNk5Hk

Dan

Hotspur: Truly, the Shame of the City.

I saw Diva sometime in the '80s on Cinemax, I think. Fell in love. Obsessed over it for a while. Have seen it a few times since and it holds up, sure -- although many times since my fifth or so viewing I questioned why I liked it so much -- all of its surface cool and visual style wrapped around one of my fave genres, a thriller? I surmise it's because the movie is not only wholly entertaining and quirky, it's also about music and passion (as subtexts, anyway, taking a backseat in the film to its own cool factor, however).

I did just read Pauline Kael's review of Diva a few days before seeing this post. It's in 'Taking It All In' which covers those early '80s. Not sure if all of her work is available online like that of famed French critic Roget E-bert.
Did Ben-ex ever make anything else as good as this or Betty Blue? Believe me, I've looked into it and hate to say, sadly, no.

Always wanted a wave machine of my own, too.

Care to post something about 'Qui-etes Vous, Polly Maggoo'? There's a dearth of writing about it, star Dorothy MacGowan and filmmaker William Klein.

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