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U-Carmen eKhayelitsha (2005)

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A version of Georges Bizet's Carmen, set in a modern-day South African township.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Pauline Malefane ...
Andile Tshoni ...
Jongikhaya
Lungelwa Blou ...
Nomakhaya
Zweilungile Sidloyi ...
Lulamile Nkomo (as Zorro Sidloyi)
Andries Mbali ...
Bra Nkomo
Zamile Gantana ...
Captain Gantana
Andiswa Kedama ...
Amanda
Ruby Mthethwa ...
Pinki
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Manelisa
Ross Garland ...
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U-CARMEN is a feature film based on Georges Bizet's 19th-century opera that was filmed on location in a modern South African township setting. The energy, compassion, and heat of township life in all its elements create a constantly visually interesting and dynamic background for the unfolding of the story, which owes part of its huge popularity to the thrilling combination of a violent gangster tale with a passionate, almost supernatural love story. As it unfolds, it explores issues of fame and wealth, the position of a strong and independently minded woman in a very masculine society and, perhaps most importantly, the incomprehensible attraction between abuser and victim. Bizet's opera, based on Prosper Merimée's novel, premiered in Paris on March 3, 1875. Set in a poor area of Seville, the story of the magnetic woman who seduces, loves, and ultimately destroys her lover and herself, is well known. Girl (Carmen) seduces boy (Don José), boy becomes completely obsessed, girl leaves ... Written by KOCH Lorber Films

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ZAR 5,279,093 (estimated)
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Version of The Loves of Carmen (1927) See more »

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Carmen
Opera by Georges Bizet
performed by the South Africa Theater Company
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A magnificent interpretation!
16 May 2005 | by (Slovenia) – See all my reviews

Carmen is one of the best known and widely loved of all operas. Some see opera as a rather distant and high-brow entertainment. This film is quite a different experience! The singing is sublime, the acting dramatic and filled with energy and enthusiasm. The location is grim and poor whilst brimming with life.

I look forward to the DVD where it would be possible to turn off the subtitles - they are well done, but it would be nice to watch it a second time without their intrusion.

It is remarkable how Xhosa lends itself to operatic singing - particularly with such gifted opera singers.

I'd recommend it to anybody who loves music, enjoys a spectacle or is interested in South Africa - well, Cape Town, or a part of Cape Town, at any rate!


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