You have to go back to Jean-Jacques Beineix’s Diva from 1981 to find as lovable an audiophile as Jules. His infatuation with Diva Cynthia Hawkins, portrayed by none other than Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez, leads him into the most madcap audiophile adventure ever put to film.
Jules smuggles his beloved portable Nagra deck into the Diva’s concert, resulting in the only high-quality live capture in existence (Ms. Hawkins is against live recordings on principle). When word gets out of this beautiful, pristine recording, blame the girl, mayhem ensues, cassette tapes get accidentally swapped, and Jules must fight for his. . .Nagra?
Jules’ other gear includes the Nakamichi System One, Nakamichi 580 tape deck, a Revox reel-to-reel and a Revox turntable
I’m not going to spoil the story but suffice it say Diva is a great film in every sense—a feast for the eyes and ears and yes, even the gear lover so if you haven’t seen it, I recommend putting Diva on your short list. Remember, it was Jules’ love of music that drove his passion for hifi. That’s the part that makes him so lovable.
The audiophile image in film has been on a downward spiral ever since.