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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 »


Carlos Saura


Prosper Mérimée (novel) (as Mérimée), Carlos Saura (scenario) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Gades ... Antonio
Laura del Sol ... Carmen
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


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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They're dancing a fine line between fantasy and reality. See more »


Drama | Music | Romance


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One of two versions of Georges Bizet's "Carmen" made and released around 1983-1984. The other film was Francesco Rosi's Carmen (1984). See more »


Follows Blood Wedding (1981) See more »


Deja de llorar
Written by Paco Cepero
Performed by Marisol (as Pepa Flores)
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Watch the film, leave the opera out of it
14 April 2006 | by sadpanicSee all my reviews

In Carmen, Saura once again seeks to establish a dynamic rapport between reality and fiction, between the actual passions of the personalities in a dance company preparing the choreography for the dance portions of the opera Carmen and the scripted passions from the story of the fictional Carmen, the famous fatal mix of a free spirit (read disregard for fidelity) and her ability to drive men mad with desire. Saura used this same vehicle fiction/reality in an earlier black-and-white film, Bodes de Sangre (Blood Wedding). But, whereas the tensions between the dancers rehearsing Blood Wedding showed to advantage how they evolved into the fictional characters of the story to be performed through directing their emotions into their roles, in Carmen, the parallel between the petty, libidinal urges of the dancers of the troop during rehearsals and the spirit forging to do with the mythic Carmen never comes even close to being believable. It remains a gadget, and, for that reason, a bothersome distraction. One really needs to see Blood Wedding next to Carmen to appreciate the comparison. However, it hardly matters, the melodrama Saura tries to impose upon his Carmen, because the Flamenco dancing and guitar music of the rehearsals_ which are 95% of the film _by some of the best known Flamenco dancers and musicians, more than repays the price of entry. A flawed film, and a wonder: perfect for doing a drill in Keats's 'negative capacity', perhaps?

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2 May 1983 (Spain) See more »

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Кармен See more »

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1.66 : 1
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