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Based on the novel by Prosper Merimee, CARMEN is the classic tale of forbidden passion between a young man (Leonardo Sbaraglia) and a spoken-for woman... See more » | Full synopsis »
2 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Paz Vega ... Carmen

Leonardo Sbaraglia ... José
Antonio Dechent ... Tuerto
Joan Crosas ... Dancaire
Jay Benedict ... Próspero
Joe Mackay ... Teniente
Josep Linuesa ... Lucas
Julio Vélez ... Señorito
Emilio Linder ... Aristóteles
Miguel Ángel Valcárcel ... Juanele

Simon Shepherd ... Magistrado
Ismael Martínez ... Antonio
Ginés García Millán ... Tempranillo
Susi Sánchez ... Blanca

María Botto ... Fernanda
Paula Echevarría ... Marisol
Sonia Madrid ... Encargada
Mariví Bilbao ... Vieja
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

José María del Castillo ... Soldado
Mariola Ruiz
Rafael Téllez

Directed by
Vicente Aranda 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Vicente Aranda 
Joaquim Jordà 
Prosper Mérimée  novel

Produced by
Juan Alexander .... producer
Graham Bradstreet .... executive producer
Bill Chamberlain .... producer
Stefan Schmitz .... associate producer
Ana Vila .... line producer
Original Music by
José Nieto 
Cinematography by
Paco Femenia 
Film Editing by
Teresa Font 
Costume Design by
Yvonne Blake 
Makeup Department
María Carmen Clavel .... assistant hair stylist (as M. Carmen Clavel)
María Carmen Clavel .... assistant makeup artist (as M. Carmen Clavel)
Paula Cruz .... assistant hair stylist
Juan Espinosa .... additional hair stylist
Juan Espinosa .... additional makeup artist
Teresa Fernández .... additional hair stylist
Teresa Fernández .... additional makeup artist
Sonia Gil .... additional hair stylist
Sonia Gil .... additional makeup artist
Mercedes Guillot .... hair stylist
Carmela Martin .... additional hair stylist
Carmela Martin .... additional makeup artist
Mercedes Paradela .... assistant hair stylist
Mercedes Paradela .... assistant makeup artist
Yolanda Piña .... assistant hair stylist
Yolanda Piña .... assistant makeup artist
Cristina Rivero .... additional hair stylist
Cristina Rivero .... additional makeup artist
Martín Rojas .... additional hair stylist
Martín Rojas .... additional makeup artist
José Manuel Romero .... additional hair stylist
José Manuel Romero .... additional makeup artist
Miguel Sesé .... makeup department head
Félix Terrero .... additional hair stylist
Félix Terrero .... additional makeup artist
Sonia Teruel .... assistant hair stylist
Sonia Teruel .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Lee Chamberlain .... production manager: UK
Emilio Giménez .... assistant unit manager
Marisa Muñoz .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
María Guisado .... second assistant director
Daniel Rivero .... third assistant director
Cristina Sopeña .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Leopoldo Báez .... carpenter
Paco Calonge .... props
Salvador Comes .... painter
Alejandro Fernández .... assistant art director
Jose Antonio Mateos .... property master
Natalia Montes .... storyboard artist
José Luis Moya .... construction coordinator
Ramón Moya .... construction manager
Gus Nogueira .... storyboard artist
Sergio Rozas .... storyboard artist
Juan Ignacio Viñuales .... props
Sound Department
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer
Nacho Cobos .... supervising sound editor
Manuel Corrales .... sound effects editor
Robin Day .... boom operator
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer
Mario López .... sound effects editor
Natxo Ortúzar .... sound assistant (as Nacho Ortuzar)
Richard Pryke .... sound re-recording mixer
Alastair Widgery .... sound mixer
Andrew Caller .... sound technician (uncredited)
Mark Kenna .... consultant: Dolby film sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Reyes Abades .... special effects coordinator
Ángel Alonso .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Nike Alonso .... visual effects producer
María Carretero .... digital compositor
Eduardo Díaz .... digital compositor
David Guaita .... digital effects
Guillermo Orbe .... digital compositor
Thorsten Rienth .... digital compositor
Rubén Sanz .... visual effects producer
Rafa Solorzano .... visual effects supervisor
Juan Tomicic .... visual effects
Carlos Trijueque .... digital compositor
Guiomar Alonso .... stunt double: Paz Vega
Pablo Casillas .... stunts
Begona Echauri .... stunts
Kevin L. Jackson .... stunt double
Eugenio Jiménez .... stunts
Miguel Pedregosa .... stunt coordinator
Álvaro Quiroga .... stunts
Manuel Valle .... stunts (as Manuel José Valle)
Camera and Electrical Department
José Manuel Barrio .... assistant camera (as Chiky)
Fernando Beltrán .... electrician
Carlos Cabeceran .... Steadicam operator
Marcis Cole .... Steadicam operator (as Marc Cole)
José Ramón Delgado .... assistant camera: second unit
Luis Fuentes .... assistant camera
Rafael García Martos .... gaffer
Ígor Iglesias .... video assist
Eugenio Martínez .... electrician
Carlos Miguel .... additional grip
José Luis Molero .... additional grip
Adolfo Morales 'Fofi' .... assistant camera: second unit
Roberta Parkin .... unit still photographer
Enrique Pérez .... electrician
Jaime Rebato .... assistant camera
Cristina Rodríguez .... assistant camera: second unit
Edmundo Sanz .... key grip
Anselmo Villalba .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
María Gordo .... seamstress
Emilia Montero .... seamstress
Alberto Prieto .... wardrobe assistant
Delfín Prieto .... key costumer
Koke Riera .... wardrobe assistant
Marina Rodríguez .... wardrobe mistress
José Vico .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Pascale Dillemann .... post-production liaison
Paulino Fernández Ibáñez .... telecine
Álvaro García .... editor: making-of
Renato Sanjuán .... assistant editor
Rosa Sogorb .... chief of post-production
Luis M. Trouillhet .... post-production assistant
Music Department
Jean Claudel .... music supervisor
Karen Martirossian .... musician: counter bass
José Nieto .... conductor
Other crew
Piti Alonso .... unit publicist
Antonio Bazaga .... co-production coordinator
Félix Burgos .... location manager
Lorena Carrero .... production assistant
Ion Collar .... production assistant
Susana de la Mata .... production assistant
Pascale Dillemann .... festival coordinator
Sergio García de Leaniz .... co-production coordinator
María Guerra .... dialogue coach
Jessica Junyent .... translator
Vicky Ontiveros .... production secretary
Miguel Pedregosa .... armorer
Sebastian Pereira .... horse wrangler
Rosana Ruiz .... production secretary
Mónica Torronteras .... unit publicist
Marian Zanoguera .... production secretary

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Spain:119 min | Czech Republic:119 min | Argentina:119 min
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Where's the va-va-voom?, 5 November 2009
Author: Ali_Catterall from London, England

Screen-wise, the story of 'Carmen' has lent itself to more than two dozen outings: the plot, with its core elements of jealous lovers, femme fatales and outlaws, being powerful (indeed, simplistic) enough to embrace several contemporary stylings, such as 1954's all-black Carmen Jones, 2001's 'Carmen: A Hip Hopera', and Jean-Luc Godard's 1983 film First Name: Carmen.

Similarly, while it's a popular misconception that 'Carmen' first flowed from composer Bizet's pen, the crowd-pleasing opera is just one of numerous interpretations, including dance and theatre productions, of Prosper Mérimée's 1847 source text.

Though a crowd-pleaser now, and a terrific enlivener of many a 'Classical Lite' compilation CD, opera-goers attending the 1875 premiere performance actually thought it less than the Bizet's knees, owing to its interminable chunks of dialogue, later expunged or set to music. It's those glorious songs we most associate Carmen with these days: and, tellingly, this version - a straight, self-important retelling of the novella - feels infinitely poorer for their exclusion.

As if anticipating the loss, director Aranda attempts to hold the interest during almost two hours of screen time, through full-frontal nudity, judicious smatterings of gore, and authentically course dialogue.

It's in this attention to earthy period detail that the filmmakers have really succeeded: the costumes, lighting and production design are uniformly excellent. For such a purist take, however, occasional liberties have been taken - some good, some indifferent. In a canny nod to the political climate of the age, the French soldier José has become Basque, although the use of flashbacks and the inclusion of Mérimée as a character in his own story doesn't add a great deal.

Most damagingly, the marked lack of eroticism, or sexual chemistry between Vega and Sbaraglia, is frankly baffling, while hysterical, near-burlesque turns are the order of the day. As the titular seductress, Vega resembles nothing as much as a nose-powdered catwalk model flouncing about with a broken heel.

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