“ 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.