If you’ve never had the pleasure, & I mean pleasure , of seen the movie “Diva” you will find the story of the lost gown recreated in a movie that took place decades ago. You have to like French cinema but if you do Diva and its score by Vladimir Cosma, is in my opinion one of the best scores in the late 20th century. The coincidence of the stolen gowns well maybe lead you to see a movie it is well worth watching.
The following is an excerpt from Wikipedia:
Diva is a 1981 French thriller film directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix, adapted from the novel Diva by Daniel Odier (under the pseudonym Delacorta). It is one of the first French films to let go of the realist mood of 1970s French cinema and return to a colourful, melodic style, later described as cinéma du look.
The film made a successful debut in France in 1981 with 2,281,569 admissions, and had success in the US the next year grossing $2,678,103. The film became a cult classic and was internationally acclaimed.
Young postman Jules is obsessed with Cynthia Hawkins, a beautiful and celebrated opera singer who has never had a performance of hers recorded. He attends her performance, secretly and illegally records it. He also steals the gown she wore from her dressing room.
Jules also comes into possession of a tape that contains the testimony of a prostitute which exposes Saporta, a high-ranking policeman, as the boss of various rackets. The prostitute, Nadia, drops the recording in the bag of the postman’s moped moments before she is murdered.
In danger from Saporta’s enforcers as well as from Taiwanese gangsters seeking the Hawkins tape, Jules seeks refuge with his new friends, a young Vietnamese-French woman named Alba who is muse to the mysterious bohemian Serge Gorodish, to whom she introduces Jules.
Meanwhile, feeling guilty, Jules returns Hawkins’ dress. She is initially angry, but eventually, forgives him. Cynthia is intrigued by the young Jules’ adoration and a kind of romantic relationship develops, expressed by the background of the piano instrumental, “Promenade Sentimentale” of Vladimir Cosma, as they walk around Paris in the Jardin des Tuileries early one morning. The Taiwanese try to blackmail Cynthia into recording for them as they claim that they have a copy of her performance.
Meanwhile Saporta has sent his henchmen to take care of Jules and the other tape. After a chase through the Parisian subway system Jules is rescued from them by Gorodish. Later Jules returns to his home where Saporta tries to kill him. Once again Gorodish saves the day by making Saporta fall down an elevator shaft.
In the film’s final scene Jules plays his tape of Cynthia’s performance for her and she expresses her nervousness over hearing it, as she “never heard [herself] sing.”