MARIA BY CALLAS OPENING AT THE CINEMA ART THEATER
Starting on December 7, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s Cinema Art Theater will present MARIA BY CALLAS, an intimate documentary about Maria Callas that paints a complex portrait of the celebrated opera singer.
Tom Volf's MARIA BY CALLAS is the first film to tell the life story of the legendary Greek/American opera singer completely in her own words. Told through performances, TV interviews, home movies, family photographs, private letters and unpublished memoirs—nearly all of which have never been shown to the public—the film reveals the essence of an extraordinary woman who rose from humble beginnings in New York City to become a glamorous international superstar and one of the greatest artists of all time. Assembling the material for the film took director Volf four years of painstaking research, which included personal outreach to dozens of Callas's closest friends and associates, who allowed him to share their personal memorabilia in the film. When recordings of Callas's voice aren't available, Joyce DiDonato, one of contemporary opera's biggest stars, reads her words. [2018, France, 113 minutes, Rated: PG].
“Distinctive and affecting,” writes Mark Feeney of “The Boston Globe.” “Opera aficionados will be first in line…but the doc doubles as an accessible primer for the less schooled too, with an abundance of classic recordings on the soundtrack,” writes Scott Tobias of “Variety.com.”
Screening times are 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm on Friday (Dec 7), 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm on Saturday (Dec 8), 2:00 pm on Sunday (Dec 9), 2:00 pm on Monday (Dec 10), 2:00 pm on Wednesday (Dec 12) and 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm Thursday (Dec 13). Admission for CAT: THIS WEEK films is $8 for members and $11 for future members. Customers are encouraged to purchase tickets online. If seats are available, tickets can be purchased at the theater, starting 30 minutes prior to each screening.
The mission of the RBFS is promoting cinematic arts and providing education and cultural enrichment for our community. The Film Society sponsors ongoing screenings, special events, and the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival (October 31 – November 10, 2019). Having met all the requirements for best practices in nonprofit management, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society is accredited by the Standards for Excellence Institute®. The Film Society is funded, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com. For more information on this series, other events, or to become a member, visit the Rehoboth Beach Film Society website at www.rehobothfilm.com, or call 302-645-9095.