The Hellenic Film Society USA is pleased to present screenings of Maria by Callas, the first feature film to tell the life story of the legendary Greek-American opera singer entirely in her own words. Told through performances, TV interviews, never-before-seen home movies, family photographs, private letters, and unpublished memoirs, the film reveals the essence of the extraordinary woman who rose from humble beginnings in New York City to become a glamorous international superstar and one of the greatest artists of all time. Anticipating high demand, two screenings will be held at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, NY, on Sunday, January 27 at 3pm and 6pm.
Director Tom Volf’s intimate portrait reveals the private woman behind the public image and dispels commonly held beliefs about Callas, notably her reputation as a tempestuous diva. The film also sheds new light on Callas’ long and complicated relationship with the love of her life, shipping magnate, Aristotle Onassis. Throughout most of her life, Volf believes, the opera singer struggled to reconcile the two different women within her: Maria, the woman who longed for a normal life; and Callas, the public figure and icon with an adoring yet demanding following.
Named a Critic’s Pick by The New York Times, film critic Ben Kenigsberg called it a “documentary that revitalizes history through primary sources, to illuminating, at times enthralling effect.”
“The Hellenic Film Society is pleased to present this insightful film that explores the fascinating life of one of the most prominent Greek-Americans of the 20th century,” says Jimmy DeMetro, president, Hellenic Film Society USA. “Interviews and home movies reveal Callas’ complexity while stunning performance footage demonstrates why she became such a legend around the world.”
Maria by Callas is part of the Museum of the Moving Image’s Always on Sunday film series, featuring monthly Sunday afternoon screenings of Greek films. The museum at 36-01 35th Avenue in Astoria, is conveniently located near public transportation. To purchase tickets, please visit www.hellenicfilmusa.org and use discount code SUNDAY20.
The Hellenic Film Society USA
The Hellenic Film Society USA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to promote Greek cinema in America. Its mission is to share the richness of Greek films with a wider American audience, to promote Greek filmmakers, and to preserve the film heritage of Greece.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is the lead supporter of the Hellenic Film Society USA. Generous support is also provided by Carol and Nikos Mouyiaris in memory of their son Alexi. Additional funding is provided by the Onassis Foundation USA, The Kallinikeion Foundation, the Libra Group, and Vassilaros & Sons.
For additional information, please visit www.hellenicfilmusa.org or call 917-710-3027.