Following the plot of the opera, "Carmen," this story follows the wild gypsy's adventures as a siren and bandit. Carmen lures an innocent soldier to his ruin, getting him expelled from the army. He then turns to banditry, killing Carmen's husband and others. All this makes for an unhappy ending with the innocent repenting his sins and dying for them. Written by
It's not much of a movie, but its color makes it more enjoyable than it really is. The film seem to be lacking musicwise since Rita sings only once during a gypsy dance number. It's interesting that her studio didn't just write new songs like MGM did for movies like On the Town for example.
Rita is beautiful as always, proving herself to be the popular sex symbol of her day. What I love about her, besides her beauty, is her voice. It had a warm and attractive quality that added to her appeal.
Glenn Ford and Rita had good chemistry together, and it was no surprise her studio wanted them paired together. However, they made better movies than this one together.
This is the kind of movie you watch once, and never bother to sit through a second time. Rita made more impressive movies like Gilda and Cover Girl and The Lady From Shanghai. Catch those too.
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