Aria (1987) - Comedy, Drama, Music

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Ten short pieces directed by ten different directors, including Ken Russell, Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, and Nicolas Roeg. Each short uses an aria as soundtrack/sound (...

IMDB: 5.8
Director: Robert Altman
Stars: John Hurt, Theresa Russell
Length: 90 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 10 out of 28 found boring (35.71%)

One-line Reviews (37)

The aria is the most well-known of the ones featured and Jussi Bjorling's rendition with that thrilling top B is one of the best along with Corelli's and Pavarotti's.

Worst movie I have ever watched, don't recommend to anyone .

Utterly pointless, boring and irritating short about the inmates of an asylum sitting in a theatre awaiting the night's performance.

Artsy-fartsy crap .

A yawner.


Worst movie I have ever watched, don't recommend to anyone.

D+ "Les Boréades": pointless incoherence.

Subtly gives us hints as to why they do what they do (life is a pointless series of tragedies which leads up to old age), which makes the sequence all the more heart-breaking.

Pointless, boring, no plot, no nothing.

Julien Temple - "Rigoletto" - a very funny segment, it is also quite predictable.

Temple's Rigoletto is highly entertaining, wonderfully filmed and cleverly shot.

Very slow and calm, though.

Most of the fuss seems to be over Godard's contribution -- whether you think he's brilliant or pretentious, his segment won't change your mind.

The video interpretations range from bizarre, to idiotic, to downright boring, but all share one common bond: they are pointless and NOT worth your time.

Sleep inducing.

Last night, at a 2nd-run showing of the latest Indiana Jones movie, the vision of John Hurt prompted an unexpected flashback to "Aria", which I had not thought of in years, and the sudden memory of the Russell piece itself was enough to cause an outbreak of tears for a little bit.

The film has the best cinematography of the bunch, mainly because it is in a stunning black and white.

Other than that, I'd say most of this is either just boring or else full-on sucks.

It's slow, sorta hypnotic and soundless.

A dying actor (John Hurt) performs the famous opera from Pagliacci (the sad clown) to an empty theater, after which he drops dead.

It is difficult to follow, mostly because it tries to adhere to a clear plot (a hackneyed one, at that).

A- "Die tote Stadt": pointless, uneventful pretty pictures.

On another level, the visuals are sometimes stunning.

pretty pictures, but mostly pointless, senseless, or dull .

" As was the old woman, he too represents opera --- or perhaps the opera-loving audience itself --- over-the-top, pouring his heart out to a single, female audience member in an otherwise empty opera house.

I took very brief notes on each: "Un ballo in maschera": dull, clumsy, amateurish-looking and incoherent.

Nessun Dorma from Turandot becomes the vision of a girl in a near-fatality - gripping imagery culminates in the final VINCERO!

The "Die Tote Stadt" duet was the most compelling and mystical for me.

A- "Armide": weird and seemingly pointless, though not boring and vaguely artistic.

Definitely worth watching.

Nicholas Roeg's segment, which opens the film, is pretty bad, as is Julien Temple's painfully unfunny contribution (though it features a smokin' Beverly D'Angelo), while Bruce Beresford's is just boring.

Lots of pretty pictures, but most of the segments are either pointless, senseless, or dull.

It takes something truly special to make two gorgeous women parading around naked to be so mind-numbingly boring.

Anyways, I found the segments set in the present much more enjoyable then the ones in the past (which makes the arias that much more pretentious).

This entertaining bit of absurdity plays like an elaborate Saturday Night Live sketch, with a husband and wife out cheating on each other at the same hotel.

And it's pretty much the same with Armide, the second-silliest of the segments after Rigoletto(though that was actually funny) but also manages to be duller and more incoherent than Les Boreades and it's very repetitive.