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At an all-black army camp, civilian parachute maker and "hot bundle" Carmen Jones is desired by many of the men. Naturally, she wants Joe, who's engaged to sweet Cindy Lou and about to go into pilot training for the Korean War. Going after him, she succeeds only in getting him into the stockade. While she awaits his release, trouble approaches for both of them. Songs from the Bizet opera with modernized lyrics. Written by
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Dorothy Dandrige's roles went beyond that of sex symbol to being a parody of female sexuality Carmen Jones is a powerful display of her appeal
Based on Bizet's operatic masterpiece, Otto Preminger's film is the story of a GI about to go to flying school (Harry Belafonte), a noble young man who loves the cigarette-maker Carmen very dearly
Filled with passionate songs and a first-rate supporting cast, the movie is filled with exciting musical numbers that are necessary to the film But as impeccable and skillful the supporting cast is, this is Dandrige's magnetic star of enduring international appeal Her Carmen is a flame of fire, isolating in a few moments the essence of her attraction Her enigma sustained throughout a career notable for its startling changes of tempo and direction Her shapely figure, blazing eyes, with the air of the unexpected add up a touch of melancholy to even the most routine sequences Her performance was a parable of love and its power to destroy if misused
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