Carmen - A Hip Hopera (2001)
Movie InfoPreviously, and brilliantly, adapted as an opera by Georges Bizet, the Prosper Merimee novel Carmen served as the inspiration for this updated made-for-cable movie. Set in contemporary Los Angeles, the film stars Beynoce Knowles of Destiny's Child as the seductive Carmen, no longer an employee in a cigarette factory but instead an aspiring actress. The "Don Jose" character has become a cop named Sgt. Derek Hill (Mekhi Phifer), who after being ordered by his corrupt superior officer Frank Miller (played by rapper Mos Def) to arrest Carmen for her involvement in a bar fight, falls hopelessly--and tragically--in love with her. After leading Hill down the path to perdition, Carmen deserts him, not out of love for bullfighter Escamillo but for a top-40 rap star named Blaze (Casey Lee). Although the familiar Bizet melodies are heard as linking music, the main musical score is a complete original, composed by Kip Collins. MTV's Hip Hopera: Carmen first aired over the titular cable network on May 9, 2001. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi … More
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Beyonce Knowles and Mekhi Pheifer are believable in this classic love story with a hip-hop twist. See this whether you are a hip hop & R&b fan or not...It is a rare treat.More
AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL! Just AWFUL! Everyone knows this was just an excuse for Beyonce to be the center of attention. A a child growing up as a Destiny's Child fan could appreciate this "musical," but once she grows up and sees this film in all its cheese-tastic glory, she'll see it as a terrible "hip-hop" knockoffMore
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