A grand idea with bland results, ARIA is an omnibus film that combines the talents of 10 directors and 8 composers but ends up with very little to show for it. It's more a showcase of brilliant packaging than of filmmaking, providing only a few segments of any real interest. In what is
easily the most inventive episode, Godard, excerpting Lully's "Armide," continues to experiment in modern sound construction and classical imagery. Without a conventional story line, the episode takes place in a gymnasium, where a group of well-developed body builders pump iron and a pair of
barely dressed young women do cleaning chores. Temple, with cinematographer Stapleton, shows ...