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This is one of the best versions of Carmen I have ever seen. The music is incredible. Katrina Witt is beautiful and plays the vamp to perfection. The skating is some of the best I have seen with every move adding to the story.
My favorite movie is Carlos Saura's CARMEN -- I once saw an article
(before I learned to read words) and was intrigued with the many
pictures it displayed of this creature -- in the USA we did not see too
many like characters walking around, and I wasn't sure if this was a
person or a cow or a magical creature -- through my life, of course, I
heard references to this Carmen -- but I always delayed finding out the
REAL particulars and the story of the opera (so I could cling to my
many imaginings about who or what this "dolled up" person really was
and what she might be a symbol of) I took the plunge at a local art
film house in the mid-80's by seeing the Saura "Carmen" -- I was not
totally disappointed with her actuality in the literary sense, but I
had more Disney-esquire hopes.
Still, I have followed productions of Carmen. I've ordered the transcripts, studied the some of the history, read about Bizet, etc.
SO OF COURSE -- after finding this production (I put in "Christina Hoyos" to search IMDb) I'm all excited. I'm not a stalker personality, lol, but I'll have to follow Boitano and Witt online and see if they'll come to this area -- I could write to them and ask them to make me a copy, I guess, and perhaps even meet them. Sounds like a good idea to me, anyway.
I was surprised to have enjoyed the CATS on DVD so much -- this London production stars Michael Gruber, a fellow from Ohio who was, at age 14 years, thought to be the second ranking diver in the world. When his year came for Olympic competition, somehow he missed the cut and did not get on the USA team. As a result, he attended college and we can see him on this DVD in CATS.
Are high profile sports people (in this, skaters) always as good on the stage as Gruber is ? I'll bet the people involved in this Emmy-winning show made an A-1 "Carmen" ! I really want to see it, no matter what.
And I hope we all have the chance someday to see Cristina Hoyos, Katarina Witt, and Brian Boitano ON A DVD -- CARMEN ON ICE ! ! !
My email is JERTOONS@AOL.COM -- and my address is : Jerry Snyder, 92 Medinah Drive, Reading, PA, 19607, USA -- anybody with any knowledge of how to get a viewable copy, do please contact me -- I know I'll have this on my mind until I've seen it.
Best wishes to all, Jerry
Does anyone know where I can purchase a DVD of this TV show? My
daughter loaned ours to her music teacher -- and the teacher LOST it.
This is one of the best versions of ice skating combined with music
that I have ever seen. I can watch it over and over. The skating is
fabulous and Katarina Witt is a very sexy Carmen. It brought the story
to life much more so than just the music alone. I prefer it to the
opera version. Plan to see a ballet later this year of Carmen so it
will be fun to compare the skating to the ballet. I like to see
movement with the music and the skaters do it justice. The setting and
scenery was good too. One of my favorite scenes is the one where Carmen
is waiting in the bar for her soldier to come and she is tapping
nervously on the counter. It's very well done and I highly recommend it
Now I need to know where i can get a copy of it!!
This 'on ice' version of Carmen is a much loved watch in my house. I recorded it off UK TV on it's one and only broadcast. Great skating - which includes the sounds of the skates on the ice ! Brilliant music and just a wonderful atmosphere to the whole piece. How they did the fire sequences on the ice, I will never know ! The extras used throughout are worth the watch also, as they provide authentic character to the film. Look out for the flamenco music and dancer also. Why this has never been issued on DVD or shown again on TV (to my knowledge) I will never understand. (My PAL SVHS tape is now copied to DVD for posterity !)
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