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Big screen classics

Carmen Jones

+ intro by film curator Karen Alexander

With lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein and an all African-American cast, this update of Bizet’s opera sizzles.

Image from Carmen Jones + intro by film curator Karen Alexander

USA 1954
Dir Otto Preminger
With Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte, Pearl Bailey
105min
Digital
Certificate U

Bizet’s opera (itself from Prosper Merimée’s novella) was transformed into a stage musical with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein and an all African-American cast, and then turned by Preminger into a film. Set during World War Two, it finds Carmen (Dandridge) working in a parachute factory; the man who succumbs to her seductive charms has become a GI (Belafonte). And the fabled toreador? Now a prizefighter.

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