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Carmen (1983)





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Director Carlos Saura's Carmen develops a fictional story revolving around the rehearsals of Georges Bizet's opera about the brash and colorful cigarette factory woman and her dalliance with the soldier Don José, and eventual love for Escamillo, the bullfighter. Saura introduces exciting flamenco dance scenes and a love story between Antonio (Antonio Gades), the choreographer of the opera, and the actress playing Carmen, Laura del Sol. Joan Sutherland and Paco de Lucía also perform segments from Bizet's 1875 opera. The mix of magical choreography, rousing flamenco dances, and operatic insertions as well as the tongue-in-cheek parodies of the French opera and foreign stereotypes of Spaniards keeps most viewers well entertained throughout. Saura's Carmen won an award for "Artistic Contribution" and for "Technical Achievement" at the Cannes Film Festival in 1983, another award for "Technical Achievement" at the 1983 Venice Film Festival, and the "Best Foreign Language Film" award at the 1984 British Academy Awards. It was the second in a trilogy of films choreographed in a similar style by Antonio Gades. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Art House & International
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José Yepes
as Pepe Giron
Pepa Flores
as Pepa Flores
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Carlos Sauras received another Oscar nomination for his thrilling interpretation of Bizet's opera, set in a flamenco hall and telling a real-life story parallel to the Merimee's tale.

Full Review… | August 11, 2010

Audience Reviews for Carmen

Women will always be traps.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

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Choreography reminiscent of amorous libidos.Oh Bizet,I present thee your successor and the utmost of your vision in cinematic perfection.

Dimitris Springer

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Okay, I saw this movie a hella long time ago. Then I requested that Flixster add it to its collection. When it notified me that it did, I said "Ho hum and pshaw." Now I have to review it about a month-and-a-half after watching it.

I shotgunned the hell out of Carlos Saura's Flamenco Trilogy. One weekend and all three were knocked out. So I can't help but compare them to their counterparts in the set. Carmen is the best actual film in the set. At first, I wondered if it would take the format of Blood Wedding, which seemed only natural. After all, a cast of actors putting on a production of Carmen seems like there would be no story behind it. Leave it up to Saura to incorporate the themes of the play into the performers' "real" life.

Carmen is extremely moving and powerful and Saura uses the source material extremely well, despite using little of the original music. The only qualm I have with the movie is one scene towards the end. The dance off between the two lovers. They kind of did the "dream" ending. Rather than actually killing each other, we find out that it was only a dance rehearsal with an actor who looked remarkably like the real-story antagonist. Also, the story does go on way too long.

But that dancing? Top notch, obviously. These are amazing looks into the world of flamenco and I find it extraordinary. Take that for what you will.

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