Jean-Jacques Beineixs 1981 debut feature Diva was hugely popular at SIFF 82 and during its long subsequent commercial run in Seattle. Opera, criminal intrigue, and gorgeous cinematography make for one ravishingly stylish movieand mark Beineixs self-conscious departure from so much dour Gallic fare in the late, fizzled-out nouvelle vague movement. (Thus was launched the cinéma du look, not coincidentally birthed around the same time as MTV.) Divas a generational landmark in French cinema, not always coherent or logical, but filled with moments of offhand beauty. Certainly, the aria Ebben? Ne andro lontana from Catalanis La Wally, sung in the film by Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez, has never gotten so much respectbefore or since. Continues through Thurs., Jan. 10.
Dec. 28-Jan. 10, 2007