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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.
Thanks to at Netflix "Very Long Wait" it took well over half a year to finish Carlos Saura's Flamenco Trilogy. Thankfully, aside from the theme, they are unrelated. Even better, "Carmen" is the most successful film in the series. Unsurprisingly, it acts as a bridge between the decidedly traditional "Blood Wedding" and the very-much-of-the-80s "El Amor Brujo". The story is familiar, but this gives Saura a broad palette from which to paint. This feels less stage-bound than the companion films. It blends on and offstage drama to provide memorable counterpoints to the basic theme. I was worried that this would fall into the tedium of some of Rivette's rehearsal work, but thanks to performances (especially from the now-familiar lead actor and choreographer, Antonio Gades), music and consistently inventive camerawork, it never feels tired. This was far from my favorite Eclipse series, but it's certainly worth a look if you want to see some non-Almodovar or Bunuelian Spanish cinema. If you are dipping your toes in the water, rent this one first.
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