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Carmen (1983)

A group of flamenco dancers are rehearsing a very spanish version of the Prosper Merimee's drama. Antonio (the coreographer) falls in love with Carmen (the main dancer). Their story then ... See full summary »

Director:

Carlos Saura

Writers:

Prosper Mérimée (novel) (as Mérimée), Carlos Saura (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Gades ... Antonio
Laura del Sol ... Carmen
Paco de Lucía Paco de Lucía ... Paco
Marisol ... Pepa Flores
Cristina Hoyos ... Cristina
Juan Antonio Jiménez Juan Antonio Jiménez ... Juan
José Yepes José Yepes ... Pepe Girón
Sebastián Moreno Sebastián Moreno ... Escamillo
Gómez de Jerez Gómez de Jerez ... Cantaores
Manolo Sevilla Manolo Sevilla ... Cantaores
Antonio Solera Antonio Solera ... Guitarristes
Manuel Rodríguez Manuel Rodríguez ... Guitarrista
Lorenzo Virseda Lorenzo Virseda ... Guitarristes
M. Magdalena M. Magdalena ... Artistas invitados
La Bronce La Bronce ... Artistas invitados
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Storyline

A group of flamenco dancers are rehearsing a very spanish version of the Prosper Merimee's drama. Antonio (the coreographer) falls in love with Carmen (the main dancer). Their story then turns similar to the play. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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Never before has the art of flamenco dance been so pulsatingly sensual. Or a love so treacherously obsessive. In this explosive interpretation of the classic opera "Carmen", the lines between passionate illusion and real life become intricately entwined. Your senses will be aroused like never before. And never again will you see anything like it. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

6 May 1983 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Кармен See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film was made and released about 109 years after is source opera of the same name by Georges Bizet had been first performed around 1874-1875. See more »

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Version of Carmen nue (1984) See more »

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El gato montès
Music by Manuel Penella
Arranged by Paco Cepero
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Saura/Gades' " Carmen" is the most sensual of all adaptations and truly Spanish
5 December 2007 | by Galina_movie_fanSee all my reviews

Passionate, dramatic, riveting as Flamenco itself, the film is simply amazing. It is set on the immortal Bizet's music. The original music is written and performed by one of the greatest classical guitarists, leading proponent of the Modern Flamenco style, Paco de Lucia who plays a musician with the same name. Legendary Flamenco dancer and choreographer Antonio Gades co/wrote the script and choreographed this fabulous version of the celebrated Georges Bizet/Prosper Mérimée novella/opera. He plays a main character Antonio, the famous dancer/choreographer who works on retelling the story of Carmen in the Flamenco style that combines dances with singing and rhythmic hand clapping and has a highly charged level of dynamics that appeals enormously to the viewers.

Brilliant and graceful Cristina Hoyos whose technical excellence matches the elegant artistry of her dancing shines in the supporting role. Hoyos had been the first dancer in Gades' company for twenty years (1968-1988) and she was the protagonist of three films that Carlos Saura made of Gades' three great shows: "Bodas de Sangre" (1978), "Carmen" (1983) and "El Amor Brujo" (1985). Gorgeous Laura del Sol is a young dancer named Carmen in whom Antony sees from the first sight another Carmen, who was immortalized by two Frenchmen, the writer Prosper Mérimée in his most famous novella written in 1846 that had inspired George Bizet's world famous Opéra-Comique version from 1875.

As in the opera and in the novella, Carmen in Saura's film is desirable and deadly, the ultimate femme fatale who has to be free above anything else. She could not tolerate the possessive love of any man and would prefer death to submission. There some 50 movie adaptations of the story and the opera to the screen, and as different as they are, they all have in common the only possible tragic end. Saura/Gades' film is unique as the most sensual of all and truly Spanish. I fell in love with it from the first time I saw it over twenty years ago and it is as special and beautiful today as it was back then. Highly recommended.


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