From two sources (Screen International and the website of De Angelis Group) comes the news that Niki Caro is to direct an English-language biographical film about Maria Callas based on the “novel” by Alfonso Signorini, Troppo fiera, troppo fragile.
Apparently without irony, the De Angelis site identifies Signorini, the editor of the tabloid Chi, as a “profound connoisseur of local and international gossip (or gossips).”
Andrea Zoso of De Angelis states, “the source material provided by Mr. Signorini’s book is the most in-depth to date about the life of the controversial opera star.”
Does Mr. Zoso mean depths of idiocy? depths of shamelessness?
I wrote about the “novel” earlier.
The photo shows Maria Callas at the Milan premiere of Fellini’s La dolce vita in February 1960. According to Nicholas Gage, whose theory of a “secret son” Signorini more or less adopts as his own, Callas was in her seventh month of pregnancy when this photo was taken—at a time when adultery was a crime in Italy.