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Betty (Cristina Marsillach) is an understudy who must step onto the stage after an accident leaves the opera's star in the hospital. The theater is staging a version of Verdi's "MacBeth," an opera often considered by artistic types to carry a curse for those who work on it. Despite these concerns, Betty knocks 'em dead on her first night in the lead role. Theatergoers laud her performance, as does the director Marco (Ian Charleson), since she overcame several obstacles.Read more ›
On the upside there are lots of crazy visuals here and they are mostly brilliant. The camera seems to be all over the place and you get dizzy watching some scenes. As with the murder scenes, they are also brilliant (one in particular, I won't spoil this one).
On the downside it's got horribly uneven perfomances from the actors. Christina Marsillach is just plain bad, as is Daria Nicolodi. Normally you don't expect good performances from the actors in Dario's films but these two are really too much. Ian Charleson is very good however, playing a horror film director turned opera director. The music is weird and fits well in some places and not so well in others. The story is implausible at best, this is mostly a visual experience. Plus the ending is a bit of a letdown.
All in all a mixed bag from the italian horror maestro. Worth a look to be sure, but in my opinon not nearly his best. But then again I've only seen it twice.
The ending is disastrous.
The DVD looks great.
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A high quality transfer and good sound quality bring this Argento classic to life. Horror fans will really appreciate this release.Published on Feb. 10 2014 by TroyP
This was the very first movie directed by Dario Argento that I viewed. I must say I enjoyed watching it quite a lot. The music is done very well and fits in with the film. Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2004 by Jeremy Matthew Brown
Here is my rating for Opera:
Directing and Editing=3 stars
storyline=2 stars... Read more
Maybe I am just getting tired of Argento' work but every other his movie I watch seems worse and worse. Read morePublished on March 13 2004 by Vahania63
While lacking the hallucinogenic colour schemes of "Suspiria" and "Inferno", this film has a distinct aesthetic of its own, and it is beautifully executed. Read morePublished on Dec 27 2003 by John
Like much of Argento's oeuvre, this rubbish is a mess: it's trite, badly acted, scripted, produced. The age old excuse that he 'prefers style over substance' is more than just a... Read morePublished on Sept. 24 2003
Anyone who has seen Phenomenon or Inferno knows Argento's problem with logic.
It's neither scary nor suspenseful mostly because of a very low credibility... Read more
As a long time Argento fan, it may seem surprising that Opera was the last of his films to be added to my collection. Read morePublished on May 25 2003
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