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My name is Gary Zidek. Welcome to The Arts Section. Tune into the radio program every Sunday morning on WDCB 90.9 & 90.7 FM or listen to it online here. I'll be showcasing a variety of arts & entertainment, as well as.highlighting some creative ideas.

Film Review: MARIA BY CALLAS

Film Review: MARIA BY CALLAS

WDCB’s Gary Zidek reviews the new documentary MARIA BY CALLAS.

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The new documentary MARIA BY CALLAS comes from first time director Tom Volf. The French filmmaker weaves together archival footage, private letters and other materials to create a portrait of a complicated artist.  

 Maria Callas

Maria Callas

Volf is admittedly a Callas fan, and he’s crafted a beautiful love-letter of a film to her legacy. But in his effort to engage in deeper questions about Callas “the artist” and Callas “the woman”, he glosses over what I feel are some important details about the opera legend’s life.

 Maria Callas dealing with a gaggle of reporters

Maria Callas dealing with a gaggle of reporters

One of the most interesting aspects of the film was watching the way the press covered Callas during the height of her career. Reporters followed her everywhere she went and seemed intent on creating this perception that Callas was not only a diva, but a “difficult woman”. Those themes feel especially relevant in this moment of ME TOO and TIME’S UP as more attention is paid to the way women are treated.

 Maria Calls with Aristotle Onassis

Maria Calls with Aristotle Onassis

I give MARIA BY CALLAS two ** out four stars.

The documentary is playing at select theaters nationwide. Click here for more information.

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Dueling Over Northlight Theatre's MANSFIELD PARK

Dueling Over Northlight Theatre's MANSFIELD PARK

Chicago Actress Brings Opera Legend Maria Callas to Life On Stage

Chicago Actress Brings Opera Legend Maria Callas to Life On Stage