"Diva" (Jean-Jacques Beineix, 1981, 117 min, France, French w/ subtitles, Color, 35mm)
New 35mm re-release.
"For his first feature, Jean-Jacques Beineix borrowed the formal innovations of the French avant-garde-Godard's colors and conflicting tones, Rivette's screwball thriller plotting-for a work of unalloyed entertainment, which was such a sharp commercial idea it's a wonder no one had thought of it before. A young postal messenger who worships an American opera singer makes an illegal tape of one of her recitals; meanwhile, a dying prostitute drops a cassette of her tape-recorded confessions, which will help indict a drug ring, into his mail pouch." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"'Diva' is not only the most purely pleasurable movie to open here this year, but surely one of the finest films to arrive from France in a decade." - J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
"A visual extravaganza. One of the most persistently entertaining, absorbing and scary thrillers I've seen in a long time. . ." - Roger Ebert