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A Burlesque on Carmen (1915)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 18 December 1915 (USA)
A gypsy seductress is sent to sway a goofy officer to allow a smuggling run.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Officer Darn Hosiery (as Charlie Chaplin)
... Carmen - the Gypsy
... Remendados - The Smuggler
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... Narrator 1951 UK Sound Version
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Storyline

This is a parody of two "Carmen"s, Bizet's opera and a movie (1915) starring Geraldine Farrar. Smugglers come ashore. Their leader sends the gypsy Carmen to lure Don Jose (called Darn Hosiery) away so they can get the contraband to town. There are grand swordfights, deaths, returns to life. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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YOU'LL SHAKE! SHIVER! SHOUT WITH LAUGHTER!

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Short | Comedy

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18 December 1915 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chaplin's Burlesque on Carmen  »

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(re-release) | (original) | (2014 restoration)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Chaplin's two-reel version of this film, his final release for the Essanay Company, premiered in December 1915. After Chaplin left the studio, Essanay expanded the film, adding new scenes with Ben Turpin and Wesley Ruggles as gypsies, reinserting outtakes Chaplin had discarded, and even splicing in multiple takes of scenes already included. Essanay's four-reel "feature" was released in April 1916. Chaplin was furious and filed a lawsuit against his former employers, but Essanay won the case in court. Prints of Essanay's version circulated for decades. In the 1990s an approximation of Chaplin's original version was at long last reconstructed by Kino Video. See more »

Goofs

After Hosiery plucks the banknotes from Pastia, the latter is seen walking away with at least one note left behind his sash, but when he returns to his group it is gone. See more »

Connections

Version of Carmen di Trastevere (1962) See more »

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technically well made but where is the humor?
17 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

This film was recently reassembled by Blackhawk Films/Image Entertainment from fragments and adulterated versions released by the studio without Chaplin's permission. Because of this, the DVD tried very hard to assemble the best original version and I appreciate the effort.

This is a pretty Chaplin short in that it has nicer sets and costumes and just looks nicer than the usual comedies of the day. And I am sure that to lovers of the story of Carmen it's an impressive film (though being a SILENT it must lose a lot considering Carmen in an opera!). However, despite the quality of the film, I just didn't think it was very funny. Nice to look at--Yes. Funny--not especially.


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