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Carmen (1915)

Not Rated | | Drama | 31 October 1915 (USA)
In order to help her smuggler kinsmen, a sultry gypsy seduces and corrupts an officer of the Civil Guard turning him into a traitor and murderer.

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille

Writers:

Prosper Mérimée (novel), William C. de Mille (photoplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Geraldine Farrar ... Carmen
Wallace Reid ... Don José
Pedro de Cordoba ... Escamillo
Horace B. Carpenter ... Pastia
William Elmer ... Morales
Jeanie Macpherson ... Gypsy girl
Anita King ... Gypsy girl
Milton Brown Milton Brown ... Garcia
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Storyline

A group of gypsy smugglers are frustrated in their attempts to bring their contraband into the city by Don Jose, an incorruptible officer in the Civil Guard. In order to help her kinsmen, the sultry Carmen seduces him, persuading him to abandon his post and look the other way. When his infatuation leads him to kill a fellow guardsman in order to prevent her arrest, he becomes a wanted fugitive. The capricious, fickle Carmen resents his possessiveness and leaves him for a famous toreador in Seville. Obsessed and frustrated, a distraught Don Jose follows her to the bullring with tragic consequences. Written by duke1029

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1915 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Кармен See more »

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Budget:

$23,430 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Don Jose: I have paid the full price to make you mine.
Carmen: Carmen belongs to no man. She is free.
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Version of Carmen nue (1984) See more »

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11 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Carmen (1915)

** (out of 4)

Carmen (opera star Geraldine Farrar) pretends to be in love with soldier Don Jose (Wallace Reid) so that she and her gypsy pals can sneak smuggled goods in. When Don Jose sees that this is all a fraud love soon turns to outrage. Another early effort from Cecil B. DeMille is probably the weakest film I've seen from him. Like 1914's The Squaw Man, the story is actually pretty interesting but the director does nothing with it and in the end it comes off way too bland. The only major highlight is the performance from Farrar who does a remarkable job throughout the film. She's certainly no beauty but her sexual performance makes us understand why Don Jose would want her.


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