Aria (1987)

Stills must not be reproduced, copied or downloaded in any way. Hard copies of some images can be bought via the BFI Printstore and the complete collection can be accessed for commercial reuse via BFI Stills.

Film details


Ten directors interpret various operatic arias: On-screen titles [and sources] for segments (which are not numbered on-screen) are: [1] Un Ballo in Maschera Nicolas Roeg/Un Ballo in Maschera [extracts from "Un Ballo in Maschera" by Giuseppe Verdi] [2] La Vergine degli Angeli Charles Sturridge/La Forza del destino ["La Vergine degli Angeli" from "La Forza del Destino" by Giuseppe Verdi] [3] Armide Jean-Luc Godard/Armide ["Enfin il est en ma puissance" and other extracts from "Armide" by Jean-Baptiste Lully] [4] Rigoletto Julien Temple/Rigoletto ["La Donna è Mobile" and other extracts from "Rigoletto" by Giuseppe Verdi] [5] Die tote Stadt Bruce Beresford/Die tote Stadt ["The Lute Song" from "Die tote Stadt" by Erich Korngold [6] Les Boréades Robert Altman/Les Boréades ["Suite des vents", "Lieu désolé", "Jouissons, jouissons!" from "Les Boréades" by Jean-Philippe Rameau] [7] Liebestod Frank Roddam/Tristan und Isolde ["Liebestod" from "Tristan und Isolde" by Richard Wagner] [8] Nessun Dorma Ken Russell/Turandot ["Nessun Dorma" from "Turandot" by Giacomo Puccini] [9] Depuis le jour Derek Jarman/Louise ["Depuis le jour" from "Louise" by Gustave Charpentier] [10] I Pagliacci Bill Bryden/I Pagliacci ["Vesti la Giubba" from "I Pagliacci" by Ruggiero Leoncavallo]

The beginning of Segment 10 is used as linking material between previous segments.

Cast & Credits

Latest from the BFI

  • Latest from the BFI

    Latest news, features and opinion.

More information

Films, TV and people

  • Films, TV and people

    Film lists and highlights from BFI Player.

More information

Sight & Sound magazine

  • Sight & Sound magazine

    Reviews, interviews and features from the international film magazine.

More information

Back to the top