Saturday, December 08, 2007

La Wally from Diva

The movie Diva has been in my thoughts a bit lately, and I ran across my blog pal Juan's Blogger profile, where he mentioned the movie as being one of his faves as well, so I dedicate this YouTube snippet of the opening of the movie to him.

The aria is from La Wally and is performed by Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez, who is the object of obsession and affection of the film's center, Jules. Later in the film, he and the Diva take a walk around Paris accompanied by the spare, Satie-like tune "Sentimental Walk" by the soundtrack's composer, Vladimir Cosma.

Absolutely gorgeous throughout and wonderfully spare in dialogue, letting the camera and music tell much of the story and emotion.