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The Loves of Carmen (1948)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Music | 23 August 1948 (USA)
A beautiful but amoral gypsy girl entices a young dragoon to betray his honor and get cashiered from the service, and for her sake he soon turns to a life of crime.

Director:

Charles Vidor

Writers:

Helen Deutsch (screenplay), Prosper Mérimée (based upon the story of "Carmen" by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rita Hayworth ... Carmen
Glenn Ford ... Don José Lizarabengoa
Ron Randell ... Andrés
Victor Jory ... García
Luther Adler ... Dancaire
Arnold Moss ... Colonel
Joseph Buloff ... Remendado
Margaret Wycherly ... Old Crone
Bernard Nedell ... Pablo
John Baragrey ... Lucas
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Storyline

Following the plot of the opera, "Carmen," this story follows the wild gypsy's adventures as a siren and bandit. Carmen lures an innocent soldier to his ruin, getting him expelled from the army. He then turns to banditry, killing Carmen's husband and others. All this makes for an unhappy ending with the innocent repenting his sins and dying for them. Written by Ed Lorusso

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A story of beauty and savagery...love and hate...splendor and shame...


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Liebesnächte in Sevilla See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Prosper Merimee's famous story was first proposed as a vehicle for Rita Hayworth by her then husband, Orson Welles. He planned to write and direct a version based directly on the novel rather than the better-known opera version. However, his idea was turned down by Columbia boss Harry Cohn - who, however, revived the idea for Hayworth almost as soon as she and Welles broke up. (They were divorced in 1947). See more »

Goofs

Inside the Lilas Partia's, when Pablo squeezes Carmen's skirt pocket to check if she has more hidden money, her right arm is hanging. Next shot her right arm is folded. See more »

Quotes

Carmen García: [Jose's watch chimes] Well, not only is he beautiful, but music comes out of him.
Don José Lizarabengoa: It's just a watch. It chimes.
Carmen García: Aw, too bad. I thought for a minute you had wonderful possibilities.
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Connections

Version of Carmen (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

The Love of a Gypsy (Amor di Gitano)
(uncredited)
Written by Morris Stoloff and Fred Karger
Performed by Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Anita Ellis
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Very underrated
11 March 2004 | by zetesSee all my reviews

A movie that far outdoes its meager reputation. It reunites Gilda's stars, Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth, in a Spanish adventure based on the original novel Carmen, on which Bizet's opera is based. The story is extremely melodramatic, of course, but it's endlessly entertaining. Glenn Ford is pretty good as a nobleman who throws everything away for the love of his gypsy woman, Carmen. And Hayworth is as scorching as ever, even though her hair is brown. For those who love classic Hollywood opulence, this is definitely your movie. The film is in truly glorious Technicolor, some of the most beautiful cinematography of its era. The costumes, art direction, and music (none of it based on Bizet) are exceptional. The Loves of Carmen deserves better than it has gotten. 9/10.


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