'Diva': A Love Story Wrapped In A Thriller

Posted: August 12, 1988

Diva offers flashy, winning and totally unpredictable proof that a French connection can exist between the opera stage and the underworld. Part police thriller, part offbeat love story - between a diva (Wilhelmenia Fernandez) and a smitten postal worker - it keeps the viewer off balance with its dash and many surprises.

Diva is a tale of two tapes. One records the voice of a prima donna and the other the last words of a murdered prostitute that could incriminate various powerful figures. Jean-Jacques Beineix's movie is one for the record itself.

"Diva" at Kresge Auditorium, Frick Chemical Building, Washington Road, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., at 9:45 tonight through Sunday. Tickets: $4. Phone: 609-683-8000. The price includes admission to another feature, at 7:15 p.m., of "A Clockwork Orange," Stanley Kubrick's vision of the future.

SUMMER FILM SERIES Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, 302-571-9594. Tue 8 p.m.: My Sister Eileen, story of two sisters from Ohio trying to live normal lives in Greenwich Village, stars Rosalind Russell. $4; $3 members.

GENE KELLY FILM FESTIVAL Free Library of Philadelphia, Montgomery Auditorium, 19th & Vine Sts, 686-5322. Mon 7 p.m.: On the Town, Bernstein musical about three sailors on leave for one day in New York City. Free.

SUMMER SUSPENSE Philadelphia Museum of Art, Van Pelt Auditorium, 26th St & the Parkway, 763-8100. Today & Sun 2:30 p.m.: To Catch a Thief, Cary Grant and Grace Kelly star in comedy-adventure about a retired jewel thief. Free with museum admission of $4; $2 senior citizens, students & children under 18; under 5 free.

ROXY SCREENING ROOMS 2023 Sansom St, 561-0114. Theater 1: Daily 5:45, 8 & 10:15 p.m. (additional shows 1:15 & 3:30 p.m. Fri-Sun), High Season, comedy starring Jacqueline Bisset and James Fox. Open-ended run. Theater 2: Daily 6:30, 8:30 & 10:30 p.m (additional shows 2:30 & 4:30 p.m. Fri-Sun): Candy Mountain, the odyssey of a young musician and con man (Kevin J. O'Connor) in his search for legendary musician Elmore Silk. Midnight Fris-Sats, Rocky Horror Picture Show. $5 per film; $3 seniors & first matinees (weekends).

TEMPLE CINEMATHEQUE 1619 Walnut St, 787-1529. Screening Room 501: Tonight- Sat 7 & 9:15, Mon 7:30 p.m.: Nostalghia, a young Soviet writer visiting Italy comes to terms with his life and the foreign world around him. Studio: Tonight-Sat 7 & 9:15: Double Indemnity, insurance agent plots with wife of a client to kill her husband and collect, with Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Fred MacMurray. $3.50; $2.50 members & students.

YIDDISH FILM FESTIVAL National Museum of American Jewish History, Independence Mall East, 55 N 5th St, 923-3811. Sun 2 p.m.: Almonds & Raisins, Orson Welles narrates salute to Yiddish-language movies. Free with museum admission of $1.75; $1.50 students & seniors; $1.25 children under 12.

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