Initially ill-received but today one of the most popular operas of all time, Georges Bizet's CARMEN is a four-act long tragedy of a free-willed (and some might say devilish) gypsy who seduces an unfortunate corporal down a path of self-destruction. As an opera, it is a masterpiece, but on film it is even more phenomenal, especially as directed by Francesco Rosi. This big-screen adaptation was shot entirely on location at Spain, providing for some impressive photography and skillfully executed crowd sequences. Of course, Bizet's score is the centerpiece of the whole movie, which is brilliantly underscored by the National French Orchestra (under the direction of Lorin Maazel) and sung by the likes of Julia Migenes-Johnson (who underwent a lot of self-training prior to her performance), Placido Domingo, Ruggero Raimondi, and Faith Esham, all of who also provide compelling performances. It's a fairly long movie, clocking in at about 2 and a half hours, but when one is engrossed in the whole affair, it is easy to forget the occasionally slow moments.