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Carmen Jones (1954)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 28 October 1954 (USA)
Contemporary version of the Bizet opera, with new lyrics and an African-American cast.

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Olga James ...
Cindy Lou
Joe Adams ...
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Sergeant Brown (as Broc Peters)
Roy Glenn ...
Rum Daniels
Nick Stewart ...
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LeVern Hutcherson ...
Joe (voice) (as Le Vern Hutcherson)
Marilyn Horne ...
Carmen Jones (voice) (as Marilynn Horne)
Marvin Hayes ...
Husky Miller (voice)
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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 Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Although the original Broadway production had used a standard pit orchestra with Georges Bizet's orchestrations for the opera "Carmen" slightly altered by orchestrator Robert Russell Bennett, the film score was created by Herschel Burke Gilbert, the Music Director (a term he always insisted was the correct one, not "Musical Director), using a full symphony orchestra (ranging from about 90 to over 105 pieces), which enabled him to present the music with the sensibility of most of Bizet's original 1875 orchestrations as they were meant to be heard, although modified to fit the story line and transitions of the film. Because of Marilyn Horne's coming into the singing cast quite late in the production, and because of a number of unrelated delays, Gilbert had to leave the production shortly before it was completed, as he had a commitment for an original score of another film. Dimitri Tiomkin, a Fox Studio senior, as it were, stepped in to put together the last bits of recording and supervising the last music editing. Technically, especially given his seniority at Fox and his stature in the industry, he could have insisted his name be added to the credits. Graciously, he acknowledged Gilbert's responsibility for over 95% of the work and chose to not have himself officially credited. Given his much larger fame, his name in the credits would have overshadowed the younger, less known Gilbert's, and would have left the impression that Gilbert was more of an assistant, which was far from the case. See more »

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Reflected in a window as Carmen is walking through town. See more »

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Joe: Thanks, but I don't drink.
Carmen Jones: Boy, if the army was made up of nothin' but soldiers like you, war wouldn't do nobody no good.
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Soundtracks

THERE'S A MAN I'M CRAZY FOR
Music by Georges Bizet
Lyrics Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Dorothy Dandridge (dubbed by Marilyn Horne (as Marilynn Horne))
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Wonderful musical melodrama
20 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An all-black version of "Carmen". It's updated to the 1950s with wild and incredibly sexy Carmen (Dorothy Dandridge) falling for honest, nice serviceman Joe (Harry Belafonte)...and destroying him and his life.

All the singing (except for Pearl Bailey) was dubbed. Dandridge and Belafonte could definitely sing but they didn't have the voices to carry off operatic songs. This seems kind of a strange way to do "Carmen" (I mean by updating it to the 1950s) but it still works. It's colorful, full of life and never dull. BTW I HATE opera but I loved this! The dubbing seems strange (and obvious) at first but you eventually get used to it.

The acting varies. The minor roles are all well played but Belafonte seems off as Joe. He looks miserable and even though he's a tall and very handsome guy he seems no match for Dandridge. His soft voice works against him. Pearl Bailey has a small role but she's great. She dominates the screen every time she's on camera. But this is Dandridge's movie all the way. She's just great--VERY sexy and one hell of an actress. She was also the first black actress to ever be nominated as Best Actress (she didn't win). There was a LOT of infighting on the set--director Otto Preminger was known to be a dictator and he was on this movie. He had frequent screaming matches with Pearl Bailey! And Bailey HATED Dandridge--it's a credit to both of them that it doesn't show in the movie. WELL worth catching even if you hate opera. I heard some people hate this because it's done by an all black cast. That's silly---and racist.

Look for the scene on the street where Dandridge is on the street in front of a glass window--you can see the entire camera crew reflected!


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