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The Devil Made a Woman (1959)

Carmen la de Ronda (original title)
In 1808 Spain is occupied by Napoleonic troops. A beautiful gypsy is divided between her love for a Spanish rebel and a French officer.


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Prosper Mérimée (novel) (as Próspero Merimée), Alfonso Sastre (story) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sara Montiel ... Carmen
Jorge Mistral ... Antonio
Maurice Ronet ... José
Germán Cobos ... Lucas
José Marco Davó ... Alcalde
Félix Fernández ... El Dancairo
María de los Ángeles Hortelano María de los Ángeles Hortelano ... Micaela
Santiago Rivero ... Andrés
Alfonso Rojas Alfonso Rojas
Agustín González ... Guerrillero #1
Antonio Delgado Antonio Delgado
Pilar Gómez Ferrer Pilar Gómez Ferrer ... Mujer en el mercado
Manuel Guitián Manuel Guitián ... Pregonero
Teresa Gisbert Teresa Gisbert
Joaquín Bergía ... Oficial francés #1


In 1808 Spain is occupied by Napoleonic troops. A beautiful gypsy is divided between her love for a Spanish rebel and a French officer.

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To Want Her Was Torture...To Love Her Meant Death!









Release Date:

February 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Devil Made a Woman See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Alternate Versions

Two versions of this film were shot simultaneously. The Spanish version, Carmen la de Ronda, reflected the strict Spanish censorship of the time, and the character of Antonio (played by Jorge Mistral) and his men are presented as freedom fighters during the French occupation of Spain. (Hence, the origin of the USA title, A Girl Against Napoleon.) The French version contained more explicit sexual situations, and a couple of songs by Miss Montiel were substituted by other songs in French. But Antonio and his gang are presented just as smugglers trying to outwit the French authorities, closer to the opera's libretto, and evading the French/Spanish political conflict. See more »


Version of The Metropolitan Opera HD Live: Bizet: Carmen (2010) See more »


Soy Carmen la de Ronda
Composed by José Antonio Ochaíta, Xandro Valerio and Juan Solano
Arranged by Gregorio García Segura
Conducted by Juan Solano
Performed by Sara Montiel
Recorded by Hispavox
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25 July 2010 | by BardotsalvadorSee all my reviews

This is Sara Montiel best movie and maybe the best version of Carmen , this movie is much better than the one Rita Hayworth did in the late 1940s .La Montiel here look so beautiful and she prove she can act, this is the story of Carmen the gypsy woman whose beauty was legendary and her love for don Jose , Sarita Montiel never was better , she did many major hits movies later in her life until 1975 when she did a very bad movie named Cinco Almohadas para una noche and she retired for good since then she became a television star even today in her 80s she still La Montiel, in this movie her favorite co star Maurice Ronet I think they did 3 movies together He was a the famous french star the leading man of Brigitte Bardot , Romy Schneider , Jeanne Moreau , Catherine Deneuve and many more he was here at the peak of his fame and the other part is played by the sexy Spanish actor Jorge Mistral at the top of his fame too this movie was a huge hit all over the world, SARA MONTIEL DIE april 8 2013 at age 85 a verysad day in my life Adios Saritisma montiel

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