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Directed by Daniel Schmid

Italy, Switzerland 1984 87 mins.

Giuseppe Verdi called it his “finest work”: the world’s first home for retired opera musicians. Standing in Milan since 1896, the Casa Verdi is home to a collection of self-described “drama queens,” aging artists who sing, perform, and reflect together. Their reflections offer a touching and often hilarious meditation on aging and the power and timeless capacity of music to inspire. “Insightful, life-affirming, and just plain entertaining!”—Christian Science Monitor.



The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.