Film Screening

Thursday, July 21, 2011
Diva

Part of Opera on Film

Diva

Date + Time

Thursday, July 21, 2011
7:00 p.m.

Location

Phyllis Wattis Theater

Overview

Jean-Jacques Beineix, 1981, 117 min., 35mm
In French with English subtitles.

In this film, a young postman with a passion for opera makes a bootleg of a performance by his favorite diva, a celebrated African American soprano who refuses to make recordings. Amidst a burgeoning relationship with the singer, our hero is chased through Paris by Taiwanese music pirates and evil henchman seeking an altogether different recording in his possession. This slick thriller ushered in the 1980s Cinéma du Look movement.

Admission + Ticketing

$5 general; free for SFMOMA members or with museum admission (requires a free ticket, which can be picked up in the Haas Atrium). Does not include entry to The Steins Collect.

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Image: Jean-Jacques Beineix, Diva (still), 1981; photo: courtesy United Artists/Photofest.

Print courtesy of Rialto Pictures.