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This picturesque narrative of Spain, from the magic pen of the brilliant writer, Posper Merimee, and set to music by the immortal Bizet, is the subject now presented in film d'art form. ... See full summary »

Director:

Gerolamo Lo Savio

Writer:

Prosper Mérimée (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Vittoria Lepanto ... Carmen
Alberto Nepoti Alberto Nepoti ... Don José
Dante Cappelli Dante Cappelli ... Escamillo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cesare Dondine Cesare Dondine
Signora Marchetti Signora Marchetti
Annibale Ninchi
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This picturesque narrative of Spain, from the magic pen of the brilliant writer, Posper Merimee, and set to music by the immortal Bizet, is the subject now presented in film d'art form. Madame Lepanto as Carmen, typifies the description of the Spanish girl. Don Jose Navarro, a Basque, and a Christian of the ancient type, had enlisted in the cavalry regiment of Almanza and was on duty at the tobacco factory in Seville where four or five hundred girls were employed in rolling cigars. As the bell rings for the girls to return to their work the young men watch them as they pass. One, a handsome, merry-looking girl, the beauty of the place and known to all as "La Carmencita," struts by the line of admiring men. Don Jose being a quiet sort of fellow, is not much attracted at first by the saucy-looking beauty, who, not accustomed to being ignored, asked Navarro to give her the chain he is fashioning out of some brass wire. Navarro replied that he could not, as he was making it for a certain ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

16 February 1910 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carmen See more »

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Production Co:

Film d'Arte Italiana See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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According to the critic of the New York Dramatic Mirror, the brilliant interpretation and the beautiful depiction of the ambiance made this a remarkable adaptation of the opera. See more »

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Quite in harmony with the popular conception of the opera
15 August 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A sumptuous reproduction of this fascinating and dramatic piece. The leading actress portrays the cold and cruel heartlessness of the beautiful cigar maker with appreciation and discretion. The Don Jose is well done, too. Staging and costuming are quite in harmony with the popular conception of the opera. Indeed, the producer has evidently employed the best talent procurable and has brought out a film which is notable, if, indeed, a film portraying a theme of this kind can be notable. Not once, but many times, the enchantress has appeared on the screen. Each rendition has possessed certain attractive features not produced by others. This picture is singularly well balanced dramatically and its mechanical perfection can scarcely be questioned. It is well worth seeing, even if one has seen all previous Carmens. Well done the opera never tires, and good reproductions on the films will never weary. The story contains so much of the weaknesses of humanity that it will be always popular. - The Moving Picture World, September 3, 1910


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