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Subject: Movies with Operatic Themes or Tendencies
From: "G. Paul Padillo" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:G. Paul Padillo
Date:Thu, 7 Sep 2017 15:36:26 -0400

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Keeping with the "Movies" theme . . . 

One of my favorites is “Very Annie Mary,” a too little known Welsh film 
starring Australian actress Rachel Griffiths in what I still hold is her most 
endearing role to date.  The story revolves around a 30-something Welsh 
woman who is a bit “simple” who, in her teens, won a national singing 
competition judged by Pavarotti, the prize for which is a full scholarship 
studying voice in Milan.   Unfortunately, on the heels of her victory, her 
mother passes and her pitiful excuse for a father, deliciously played with 
malicious relish by Jonathan Pryce, forces her to take Mama's place at 
home.  Dad makes his clumsy, accident prone daughter dress in his dead 
mother’s shapeless shifts, while constantly reminding her how beautiful her 
mother was, and berating her with how “ugly . . . stupid .  . . useless” she 
is and how no man would ever want her.  

The movie is a modern day Cinderella tale punctuated with moments that 
are almost howlingly funny, i.e., Annie (teaching voice on the side) 
instructing a gay couple who after singing sing “You Can’t Get a Man With a 
Gun” to pursue their dream and star on Broadway with Dolly Parton 
in “Annie Get Your Gun.”  Pavarotti references (and images) abound as our 
heroine, finds her way and purpose . . . and her voice.  It’s a gem of a 

You can view the trailer here:


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