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Carmen (I) (1983)

 -  Drama | Music | Romance  -  6 May 1983 (Spain)
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A group of flamenco dancers are rehearsing a very spanish version of the Prosper Merimee's drama. Antonio (the coreographer) falls in love with Carmen (the main dancer). Their story then ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Gades ...
Antonio
Laura del Sol ...
Paco de Lucía ...
Paco
Marisol ...
Pepa Flores
Cristina Hoyos ...
Cristina
Juan Antonio Jiménez ...
Juan
José Yepes ...
Pepe Girón
Sebastián Moreno ...
Gómez de Jerez ...
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Manolo Sevilla ...
Cantaores
Antonio Solera ...
Guitarristes
Manuel Rodríguez ...
Guitarrista
Lorenzo Virseda ...
Guitarristes
M. Magdalena ...
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La Bronce ...
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A group of flamenco dancers are rehearsing a very spanish version of the Prosper Merimee's drama. Antonio (the coreographer) falls in love with Carmen (the main dancer). Their story then turns similar to the play. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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He was looking for the perfect girl to dance Carmen, when he found her she was a little too perfect. See more »

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ESP 103,756,792 (Spain)
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One of three films with the name "Carmen" in the title which were released around 1983-1984. The other two films were Francesco Rosi's Carmen (1984) and Jean-Luc Godard's First Name: Carmen (1983). See more »

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El gato montès
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Arranged by Paco Cepero
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Watch the film, leave the opera out of it
14 April 2006 | by (Etna, California, USA) – See all my reviews

In Carmen, Saura once again seeks to establish a dynamic rapport between reality and fiction, between the actual passions of the personalities in a dance company preparing the choreography for the dance portions of the opera Carmen and the scripted passions from the story of the fictional Carmen, the famous fatal mix of a free spirit (read disregard for fidelity) and her ability to drive men mad with desire. Saura used this same vehicle fiction/reality in an earlier black-and-white film, Bodes de Sangre (Blood Wedding). But, whereas the tensions between the dancers rehearsing Blood Wedding showed to advantage how they evolved into the fictional characters of the story to be performed through directing their emotions into their roles, in Carmen, the parallel between the petty, libidinal urges of the dancers of the troop during rehearsals and the spirit forging to do with the mythic Carmen never comes even close to being believable. It remains a gadget, and, for that reason, a bothersome distraction. One really needs to see Blood Wedding next to Carmen to appreciate the comparison. However, it hardly matters, the melodrama Saura tries to impose upon his Carmen, because the Flamenco dancing and guitar music of the rehearsals_ which are 95% of the film _by some of the best known Flamenco dancers and musicians, more than repays the price of entry. A flawed film, and a wonder: perfect for doing a drill in Keats's 'negative capacity', perhaps?


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