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3 October 2003 (Spain) See more »
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

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
Igor 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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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
The Original 'Carmen' Realized, 6 September 2008
Author: gradyharp from United States

Even for the non-opera loving public the name CARMEN is immediately recognized as an opera by Bizet about a gypsy girl whose capricious loves destroy men. But as much as the opera is now considered a staple in every opera house repertoire, the real story of the wild gypsy lass as created by Prosper Mérimée in 1845 has never been told as well as in this cinematic version by the abundantly gifted Spanish director Vicente Aranda ('Juana la Loca AKA Mad Love','Amantes', 'If they tell you I fell', etc.). Incorporating the author of the novel as a main character seeking the story of Carmen from one of her lovers - José - provides just the right vantage for the story of this famous gypsy wild lady to be told.

Carmen (the amazingly beautiful and talented Paz Vega) works in a cigar factory in Seville, a factory adjoining the military station where the very proper José (Leonardo Sbaraglia) is stationed. Carmen is tempestuous and in a fight instigated by a fellow factory worker bringing attention to the fact that Carmen is a gypsy, Carmen murders the co-worker and is arrested. José is physically attracted to the voluptuous Carmen and when Carmen flirts with him he consents to allow her to escape - his payback is the promise for a night of passion with Carmen. Carmen keeps her pact, providing José with his first sexual encounter, and José is doomed. His lack of military discipline results in his losing his rank and being imprisoned for a while, but at his release José encounters Carmen again, kills a fellow officer, and in fear runs off to the hills to live with the smugglers and gypsies that are Carmen's people. Many incidents occur to try the passionate bond between the lovers, but when Carmen's real husband is released from prison, destructive behaviors take over, behavior's that include Carmen's infatuation and affair with a bullfighter and the passion of Carmen and José comes to a tragic end.

One factor that makes the story (as adapted for the screen by director Aranda and Joaquim Jordà move so well is the role that Prosper Mérimée (Jay Benedict) plays: his questioning of José completes the story that Bizet's opera only outlines. The acting is superb, the cinematography by Paco Femenia and the excellent musical score by José Nieto contribute enormously to the success of this very fine film. This is a must for lovers of the opera Carmen, and a splendid action drama for those viewers who admire historical pieces. Highly recommended. Grady Harp

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