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