is a 1987 British
film produced by Don Boyd
from Virgin Group
's visual section consisting of ten short films by a variety of directors.
Each segment features its director's visual accompaniment to arias and scenes from operas. Each film has minimal dialogue (some none at all), with most of the spoken content being the operas' lyrics (libretto) in Italian, French, or German.
The music archive source was RCA Records (which at the time included Erato Records, but later that label went to Warner Music; RCA is now a part of Sony BMG, so this film's music rights are complicated).
The ten segments of the film
The narrative chronicles the attempted assassination of Albania
's King Zog
Three London teenagers skip school, steal a car and die in a traffic accident.
A look at French bodybuilders.
At San Luis Obispo
's famous Madonna Inn
, a movie producer cheats on his wife unaware that she, too, is there with a clandestine lover of her own. Finally, both philanderers are revealed to each other via security-camera footage.
A look at the seemingly-dead city of Bruges, Belgium
. A beautiful virgin
is stripped naked
by her lover and, after she expresses her affection for him, she loses her virginity
A re-creation of opening night at Paris
's Ranelagh Theater
, in 1734. The audience is filled with a raffish (and, perhaps, diseased) assortment of lowlifes and the decadent.
Two young lovers arrive in Las Vegas
. After driving down Glitter Gulch
, they check into a cheap hotel room. There they make love and, after that, commit suicide.
A lovely young girl imagines her body is being adorned by jewels until she wakes up in an operating room, where she is receiving emergency care after a car crash.
"Depuis le Jour" from Louise
A veteran opera singer gives her final performance, intercut by 8mm home movies of an early love affair.
"Vesti la Giubba" from I Pagliacci
A has-been virtuoso remembers his happier days while arriving at an opera house, visiting the dressing room, and performing the aria for his audience of one. (This story provides a framework for the rest of the movie.)