Monday, September 21, 2020

Is Lady Gaga's '911' video a ripoff of Ken Russell's 'Nessun Dorma' segment from the film 'Aria'?

 My friend Scott noticed a similarity between these two, where a lady in a car accident fantasizes about what's really happening. At the very least, I'd call it an "homage."
Via Wikipedia: "Aria" is a 1987 British anthology film produced by Don Boyd that consists of 10 short films by 10 different directors, each showing the director's choice of visual accompaniment to one or more operatic arias. There is little or no dialogue from the actors, with most words coming from the libretto of the operas in Italian, French, or German. The film was entered into the 1987 Cannes Film Festival.

"Nessun dorma" from Turandot Unconscious after a car crash, a lovely young girl imagines her body is being adorned with diamonds and rubies in a tribal ritual, when in fact it is the preparations for surgery. After nearly dying on the operating table, she regains consciousness. 

Music composed by Giacomo Puccini 
Sung by Jussi Björling; conducted by Erich Leinsdorf 
Directed by Ken Russell 
Starring Linzi Drew 
Running time: 7 minutes