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A film version of the famous Bizet opera, where a soldier (Don Jose) falls in love with a beautiful factory worker (Carmen), but she does not reciprocate his feelings.

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Francesco Rosi

Writers:

Henri Meilhac (libretto), Ludovic Halévy (libretto) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Migenes ... Carmen (as Julia Migenes-Johnson)
Plácido Domingo ... Don José
Ruggero Raimondi ... Escamillo
Faith Esham Faith Esham ... Micaëla
François Le Roux François Le Roux ... Moralès
John-Paul Bogart John-Paul Bogart ... Zuñiga
Susan Daniel Susan Daniel ... Mercédès
Lillian Watson Lillian Watson ... Frasquita
Jean-Philippe Lafont ... Dancaïre
Gérard Garino Gérard Garino ... Remendado
Julien Guiomar ... Lillas Pastia
Accursio Di Leo Accursio Di Leo ... Guide
Maria Campano Maria Campano ... Manuelita
Cristina Hoyos ... Dancer
Juan Antonio Jiménez Juan Antonio Jiménez ... Dancer
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A film version of the famous Bizet opera, where a soldier (Don Jose) falls in love with a beautiful factory worker (Carmen), but she does not reciprocate his feelings. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

14 March 1984 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bizet's Carmen See more »

Filming Locations:

Andalucía, Spain See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The re-release in Spain was only in 3 theaters: in Madrid (Conde Duque, Verdi) and Barcelona (Verdi). Was only projected 1 day in subtitled version. See more »

Goofs

The story is supposed to take place in the 1820's. The rifles the smugglers use are lever action repeating rifles, first introduced in the 1870's. The pistols they banish appear to be modern percussion cap guns first introduced in Italy in 1833. Colt patented his design in 1835. See more »

Quotes

all the men: [all the men] Carmen! At your feet we follow you! Carmen! At your feet, we beg of you! Be nice, and tell us the day you will love us! Carmen, tell us the day that you will love us!
Carmen: [singing in an amazed tone of voice] "The day that I will love you"? My word! I don't know!
[turns saucy, then sultry]
Carmen: Maybe never!... mm, maybe tomorrow...
[then mockingly]
Carmen: ... But NOT today! That's for sure!
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Version of Carmen (2003) See more »

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Olé
1 January 2006 | by bob998See all my reviews

It was a wonderful way to welcome in 2006: TFO presented this classic opera-film for my complete enjoyment. Francesco Rosi made some classic films in Italy (Salvatore Giuliano, The Mattei Affair) and he knows how to mix violence and passion with ravishing music. If Placido Domingo's face doesn't show very much of the emotion that boils below the surface, his voice is sublime. He was the best Don Jose I have ever heard.

Julia Migenes would not be called beautiful, but she knows how to portray the sluttish and irresponsible sides of Carmen. You know this woman is not going to achieve lasting happiness because of her volatile, impulsive nature. Ruggero Raimondi as Escamillo shows why he could get women with animal magnetism. The parting of Jose and Carmen outside the arena is wonderfully poignant, a triumph of direction and acting.


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