Opera on Film: LA VOIX HUMAINE + THE HUMAN VOICE
Part of Opera Philadelphia’s Opera on Film series
Two films based on the same Jean Cocteau play come together for a fascinating double feature
THE HUMAN VOICE
PEDRO ALMODOVAR | USA | 2020 | 30 MIN | R | ENGLISH
In director Pedro Almodóvar’s first English-language film, called “the most rewarding 30 minutes you could imagine” by Rolling Stone, a woman (Swinton) watches time passing next to the suitcases of her ex-lover (who is supposed to come pick them up, but never arrives) and a restless dog who doesn’t understand that his master has abandoned him.
Cast: Tilda Swinton
LA VOIX HUMAINE
JAMES DARRAH | USA | 2021 | 50 MIN | NR | FRENCH W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES
James Darrah’s adaptation of the Francis Poulenc opera, produced by Opera Philadelphia, tells the story of one woman (soprano Patricia Racette) as she grapples with grief, denial, and anger in the face of unrequited love, all shared through a one-sided telephone call. Filmed on location at the Elkins Estate in Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania.
Cast: Patricia Racette