The Loves of Carmen (1948)

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Perhaps it's just as well that Columbia elected to film Prosper Merimee's Carmen without Georges Bizet's music: after all, Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford weren't exactly Leontyne Price and Robert Merrill. The Loves of Carmen is a reasonably faithful rehash of Merimee's story of the tempestuous gypsy cigarette-factory worker Carmen (Hayworth) and the devastating effect she has on the men in her life. Assigned to arrest Carmen after a street brawl, handsome military officer Don Jose (Ford) falls in love with her instead, renouncing his virginal sweetheart and falling in with Carmen's smuggler cronies. So smitten is Don Jose that he doesn't realize until it's too late that the amoral Carmen is foredoomed to destroy herself and her lovers. Highlights include a knife duel between Don Jose and Carmen's common-law husband Garcia (Victor Jory) and the fatal final confrontation stemming from Carmen's flirtation with bullfighter Lucas (John Baragrey). Dazzling Technicolor photography is the principal asset of this entertaining but uneven star vehicle.
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G
Genre:
Classics , Drama , Romance
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Cast

Rita Hayworth
as Carmen Garcia
Glenn Ford
as Don José Lizarabengoa
Victor Jory
as Garcia
Margaret Wycherly
as Old Crone
Ron Randell
as Andres
Luther Adler
as Dancaire
Arnold Moss
as Colonel
Joseph Buloff
as Remendado
Philip Van Zandt
as Sergeant
Tony Dante
as Groom
Rosa Turich
as Bride's Mother
Leona Roberts
as Ancient Old Gypsy
Vernon Cansino
as Soldier
Peter Virgo
as Soldier
Wally Cassell
as Dragoon
Nenette Vallon
as Woman with Broom
Kate Lawson
as Woman Relative
Inez Palange
as Woman in Crowns
Eula Morgan
as Woman in Crowns
Peter Cusanelli
as Man in Crown
Joseph Malouf
as Orderly
Claire Du Brey
as Woman in Window
Paul Marion
as Sergeant of Dragoons
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Critic Reviews for The Loves of Carmen

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It doesn't even have Bizet's music.

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Audience Reviews for The Loves of Carmen

"the loves of carmen" is rita hayworth's excerpt of sex appeal in the end of 40s. the marvellous novelty is that the music score doesn't include the cliched opera tune of carmen but a bunch of swifty catchy flamenco which rita hayworth dances feverishly along, especially in the scene of gypsy squad. hayworth sways her long skirt and you glimpse her fair lengthy legs during the vivacious choreographic sequence as if she's caught on fire, sizzling with millions watts of charisma despite she's full-clothed under the gypsy constumes without baring her crevice but the tender neckline of hers is enough to intoxicate you. hayworth incarnates into the love godess carmen who embraces the epicureanism of ephemeral fun for life, love as you want, do whatever you want for the sake of ultimate gayety in spite of morality and commitment. supposedly, the role of carmen is a nymphamaniac tramp, but she is queen bitch who dominates men under her skirt. but hayworth's interpretation transcends her into something tinted with a oblvious naivety to a degree, a charming ingenue who disregards the consequence of her deeds but live with all her passion of life. besides hayworth's sensuality is never too blatantly exposed, considering the routines of bombshell liks monroe or bardot, the feminine accesories of hers remain concealed for most of the time except several crucial scenes her legs become the catalysis of don jose's doom. mostly she allures you with her brillaint smile and the shiny marble grin of hers. (her teeth look so incredibly beautiful indeed when she grins)...even in some scenes, rita curses, glares and spits but she would never leave you an impression of being vulgarly chessy. don jose is played by glenn ford who is dashingly handsome to match hayworth whether ford is polished enough to be the well-bred don jose. ford does perform well as the don jose with boyish admiration for carmen, a man of pure vigor that could burn for love. the technicolor hues are cheerfully spirit-reviving that is appropriate to embellish the background of carmen's tumultuous affairs (or simply just romances. she only appears as a sporty heart-stealer, not really specifically a horny phallis-stimulater. oh. pardon.) above all, some further notes would be the wardrobe designer jean louis and the hairstylist helen hunt who help to accomplish rita's refinded devilish allure on her gorgeous constumes and flamy wavy hair. of course, mostly the music score is worthy of applaud for composer mario castelnuovo-tedesco. and the choreographer is robert sidney who might be the hispanic male who dances with hayworth in the gypsy squad. at the last scene, the camera angle is also well-shot with hayworth laying upon glenn ford over the stairs in distance then a black cat passes the flatform as fatalistic closure of the story.

Veronique Kwak
Veronique Kwak

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Rita Hayworth gives an excellent performance as the gypsy Carmen, while Glenn Ford is rather miscast. However, the sets and costumes are both stunning. The flamenco scenes are equally impressive and showcase Hayworth's talent.

Audrey-Kim Hayworth
Audrey-Kim Hayworth

One of my favorites. The costumes, and makeup they used was flattering for the whole cast. Rita really looked her part in this movie. I think she was able to get into her Spanish heritaage a little bit. A wonderful movie.

Alexis Wiest
Alexis Wiest

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