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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

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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 first film version of the opera to use spoken dialogue between all the musical numbers rather than being sung all the way through. This is the way Bizet intended the opera to be performed; the dialogue was set to music by composer Ernest Guiraud after Bizet's death, in order to make the realism of the opera less shocking to a nineteenth century audience (based on the assumption that music made the realism less "painful".) 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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Connections

Version of Carmen (2003) See more »

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One of the best opera films ever made.
17 June 1999 | by ParitaiSee all my reviews

This is one of the best opera films ever made. The singing and orchestral playing are superb. The acting, directing, and scene setting made the story credible and even moving. Domingo is rather old for the role of the soldier so besotted by the sexy Carmen that he defies military orders. No matter, it works - Julia Migenes is so alluring, sings and moves so seductively, that it's not hard to imagine a man old enough to know better ruining his life for an hour with her. A must for opera lovers, and an excellent introduction to opera for those who think it's just about fat ladies playing teenage geishas and consumptive seamstresses.


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