Watch: Opera 1987 123movies, Full Movie Online – Young opera singer Betty gets her big chance when the previous star of a production of Verdi’s ‘Macbeth’ is run over by a car. Convinced that the opera is bad luck, she accepts–and becomes the target (in Argento’s unmistakable style) of a psychopath–a man who has inhabited her nightmares since her childhood..
Plot: A young opera singer is stalked by a deranged fan bent on killing the people associated with her to claim her for himself.
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|6.9/10 Votes: 17,614|
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|68/100 | MetaCritic|
|N/A Votes: 352 Popularity: 7.948 | TMDB|
Great effects, rather clichéd story
Dario Argento’s movie about a young opera star that gets stalked by an obsessive fan, who might have a link to her past and more specifically to her mother.
What’s great about Opera is its visual effects, its passion for the craft of making movies. The camera angles are inventive, as is the way the camera moves. The gory special effects are ahead of their time and the whole film has this feel of oppression to it. Like no one can be trusted and that there are ghosts hiding within the walls.
Not to say the story is terrible. It’s just that it’s rather blatantly ripping off Phantom of the Opera. One might argue it’s paying an homage to a giant of the genre, but it still leaves the film lacking in originality.
But still, this is supposed to be an exploitative horror film and in that regard it delivers beautifully. The acting is on the right side of corny, the special effects and the gore are beautifully realized and the film’s mood is just about perfectly morbid. I especially like the theater as a setting, with ravens and all.
Is it the best Dario Argento film there is? Nah, probably not, but it is a great find for all fans of old-time horror films.
Do you like Argento?
If you’re OK with the outlandish work of Italy’s premier horror directorable to accept his outrageous story lines and flamboyant stylethen you should have a great time with Opera. If you don’t, then you won’t.
Cristina Marsillach plays Betty, a beautiful young opera understudy who is given a shot at fame (in an avant-garde production of Macbeth) when the star of the show is hit by a car. As any thesp who has ‘trod the boards’ will know, Macbeth is a production that carries a curseand Betty soon discovers that the show in which she is now the star is no exception: a killer is systematically offing the staff at the theatreand poor Betty is forced to watch by the sadistic murderer (who tapes needles under her eyes to prevent her from closing them!).
With the help of a little girl who crawls through her air-conditioning ducts, her director and agent, and a few ravens who have seen the murderer’s face (!!!), Betty discovers the killer’s identity, and the truth about her mysterious past.
Let’s face it… Opera is one crazy film, with its preposterous plot-turns, convoluted death scenes, and an ending that beggars belief. And whilst director Dario Argento has never been one for, shall we say, conventional story lines, this particular giallo is so daft, and features so many of his trademark stylish touches (all ramped up to the max), that it’s almost as if, with each successive film, he is seeing what he can get away with (at times almost parodying his earlier work).
This is exactly why I find the film such fun!!!
Argento’s camera movements are absolutely incredible: gliding, creeping and, in one amazing scene, even swooping around the opera house above the audience; the power of Verdi’s music is combined perfectly with the synth majesty of Claudio Simonetti’s score, providing a suitably grandiose accompaniment to the sumptuous visuals; and several outstanding set-pieces (featuring Sergio Stivaletti’s nauseating gore FX) go to prove that no-one does death better than Argento (check out one character’s stunning demise, in which a bullet passes through a spy-hole in a door in slow motion, and straight into their eye!).
7.5 out of 10, rounded up to 8 for IMDb.
Original Language it
Runtime 1 hr 47 min (107 min), 1 hr 28 min (88 min) (edited) (USA)
Genre Crime, Horror, Mystery
Director Dario Argento
Writer Dario Argento, Franco Ferrini
Actors Cristina Marsillach, Ian Charleson, Urbano Barberini
Awards 5 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Stereo
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Laboratory Eastmancolor, Rome, Italy (negative), Technicolor S.p.a., Roma, Italy (prints)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Super 35
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic)