Bizet’s opera gets a sexy, feisty twist in this musical starring Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte.
Dir Otto Preminger
With Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte, Pearl Bailey
In this modern take on Bizet’s opera, with an all-black cast, Dandridge plays Carmen Jones, a tempestuous factory worker in a military base who sets her eyes on do-gooder Joe (Belafonte), an officer who’s already engaged. Carmen is a seductive siren, who seemingly relishes destroying men for the fun of it, and Dandridge’s take on the infamous character still remains one of the most extraordinary.