Carmen (1915)





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Movie Info

This highly detailed silent version of Bizet's famous tragic opera from Cecil B. DeMille, features opera diva Geraldine Farrar recreating one of her most famous roles as a feisty gypsy who falls in love with the soldier assigned to hold her captive. To bring Farrar to the screen, studio head Lasky and director DeMille bent over backward to literally treat her like a queen. They gave her a mansion complete with servants, fancy cars, handsome escorts, her own bungalow and two dollars for every hour she spent in Hollywood.
Classics , Drama
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Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company


Wallace Reid
as Don Jose
Pedro de Cordoba
as Escamillo
William Elmer
as Morales
Billy Elmer
as Morales, an Officer
Anita King
as Gypsy Girl
Milton Brown
as Garcia
Jeanie Macpherson
as Gypsy Girl
Theda Bara
as Carmen
Einar Linden
as Don Jose
Elsie MacLeod
as Michaela
Carl Harbaugh
as Escamillo
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Critic Reviews for Carmen

All Critics (1)

Surprisingly adult in its frank presentation of an essentially fairly trashy story.

Full Review… | April 1, 2009
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Carmen

Apparently, [i]everyone[/i] who directed films in the silent era did a version of [i]Carmen[/i], and quite a few directors of talkies, too. There are literally dozens of versions of this film listed in IMDB. (53, if you're curious.) It seems that half of them are in the silent era, though that's probably an exaggeration on my part. This does not have the sweep of most DeMille productions. It's really quite intimate, even by non-DeMille standards. The tinting's a little weird--the picture turns yellow at times and red once or twice, in scenes of high passion. This may be a thing that's common in silent dramas, but most of the silent films I've seen are comedies, so I couldn't say. Really, I don't have much to say about this. I will mention, however, that it's my understanding that higher-end screenings of this [i]Carmen[/i] included both orchestral and choral accompaniment, which makes a heck of a lot more sense than a normal silent version of this film. Seriously. Why so many silent productions of an opera? In case you're wondering, yes, I [i]do[/i] write reviews of practically every movie I get from the library. I didn't review [i]Cane Toads: An Unnatural History[/i], and there've been a few I never did finish, but minus perhaps five or ten, if I've checked it out, you've read about it, at least for the length of this excursion through the catalog.

Edith Nelson
Edith Nelson

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