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Diva (Meridian Collection) (1981)

Cast: Frederic Andréi, Frederic Andréi, Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez, more...
Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix, Jean-Jacques Beineix
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Studio: Lionsgate
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Suspense/Thriller, France, Musicals
Running Time: 117 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Synopsis
The diva of the title is a famous black opera singer (Wilhelmina Wiggins-Fernandez) who steadfastly refuses to be recorded. The singer is idolized by young French mail-carrier Jules (Frederic Andrei), who sneaks a tape recorder into the theater and records her performance. This is witnessed by a pair of Taiwanese criminals, who unlike Andrei wish to profit from the bootlegged recording. They begin to pursue the boy, as do a couple of home-grown hooligans who believe that Jules is in possession of some murder evidence. The serpentine plot leads to a warm friendship between Jules and the reclusive diva - and to a brilliantly photographed (by Philipe Rousselot) motorcycle chase through the subway tunnels of Paris. Diva marked the directorial debut of Jean-Jacques Beineix, whose obvious fondness for the more esoteric techniques of the Nouvelle Vague never impedes his willingness to simply entertain his audiences. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide



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