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Carmen (1918)

| Drama | 8 May 1921 (USA)
The tragic story of Don Jose, a Spanish cavalryman, who falls under the spell of a gypsy girl, Carmen, who treats him with both love and contempt and leads him into temptation and thus ... See full summary »

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Ernst Lubitsch
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Cast overview:
Pola Negri ... Carmen
Harry Liedtke ... Don José Navarro
Leopold von Ledebur Leopold von Ledebur ... Garcia
Grete Diercks Grete Diercks ... Dolores
Wilhelm Diegelmann ... Gefängniswärter / Prison Guard
Heinrich Peer Heinrich Peer ... Englischer Offizier
Margarete Kupfer ... Carmens Wirtin - Landlady
Sophie Pagay Sophie Pagay ... Don Josés Mutter
Paul Conradi Paul Conradi ... Don Cairo
Max Kronert Max Kronert ... Remendado
Magnus Stifter Magnus Stifter ... Lt. Escamillo
Paul Biensfeldt Paul Biensfeldt ... Soldat
Victor Janson Victor Janson
Albert Venohr Albert Venohr
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The tragic story of Don Jose, a Spanish cavalryman, who falls under the spell of a gypsy girl, Carmen, who treats him with both love and contempt and leads him into temptation and thus damnation. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A stirring love tale of Old Spain. Based on the original French version of Prosper Merimee's "Carmen" (1921 Gypsy Blood poster) See more »

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

8 May 1921 (USA) See more »

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Gypsy Blood See more »

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1.33 : 1
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On November 8, 1918, the UFA film studio held a special preview for the Berlin press. This occurred amid street battles between Spartacist strikers and government soldiers. Pola Negri later recalled the chaos: "The studio orchestra played selections from 'Carmen' to get us in the mood. We sat down in the projection room, and the film began. I heard a faint sound in the distance . . . gunfire." As the gunfire became louder, director Ernst Lubitsch urged the audience to remain calm and to finish viewing the film. By nightfall the strikers and the troops were engaged in close-quarters battle and all streets were closed. See more »

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Negri Lacks Poise and Sex Appeal
30 May 2017 | by MaliejandraSee all my reviews

Carmen is the story of a soldier (Harry Liedtke) who is on track to have a good life. He is engaged to a nice girl, and he just got a promotion, so he will be able to provide for his new wife. However, on duty he stumbles upon a woman of ill repute (Negri) and is so completely enchanted that he leaves the military, abandons his fiancée, and resorts to a life of crime to support himself and his gypsy lover. She quickly tires of him and moves onto the next best thing.

This is the fourth Pola Negri film I've seen, and I do not understand her appeal. She isn't terribly attractive, which is essential for this role so we can understand why the soldier destroys his life for her. Although Negri was a trained dancer, she clumps around devoid of a shred of grace and her "seductive" dancing is laughable. Because the film lacks a charming leading lady, there is very little to rave about. Even though Ernst Lubitsch directs, there is very little sex appeal. The setting is dirty and destitute, and although the film is short it doesn't feel like it.

This is a classic story, so if you want to familiarize yourself to feel more cultured, go ahead and watch but keep your expectations low.


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