Carmen Jones DVD

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Few actresses have dominated the camera as powerfully as Dorothy Dandridge in Carmen Jones. Her polished beauty plays in irresistible contrast to her title character's leonine sexuality and fluid emotions; a man can't decide from moment to moment if he wants to save her from doom, build her a castle, or never let her out of bed. Of course, that's the problem with the boys in this semi-experimental adaptation of Bizet's opera, Carmen. Straight-arrow Joe (a strapping Harry Belafonte), an obedient corporal on a southern military base during World War II, is all set to... go to flight school and marry his hometown sweetie, Cindy Lou (Olga James), when his troublemaking sergeant orders him to accompany Carmen to a civilian court. In short order, Joe is swept up in Carmen's carnal anarchy and her craving for release from lousy options in life. An impulsive act of violence ensures that Joe's future is gone forever, putting Carmen in the difficult position of destroying their relationship to save him. Oscar Hammerstein II took Bizet's music in 1943 and rewrote the book and lyrics. The result is largely a smashing success with a few missteps (the bullfighter in Bizet's piece becomes a heavyweight boxer here, which breaks up a certain grace in the story) and a couple of perfect stretches (the long prelude to Carmen and Joe's first embrace, set on Carmen's hoodoo-ish home turf). Despite the fact that both Dandridge and Belafonte were singers, their vocal performances were dubbed by LeVern Hutcherson and Marilyn Horne. (Yes, it is a little disconcerting to hear another voice coming out of the more familiar Belafonte's mouth.) Otto Preminger directed with his usual eye on economy of action and production, as the numerous musical numbers tend to be shot in lengthy, single, carefully choreographed takes. The result can be a little visually static at times, but the passion behind the singing pulls everything through.--Tom Keogh [show more]

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Released
17 April 2019
Directors
Actors
Format
DVD 
Publisher
Bfi Video Publishing 
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Runtime
105 minutes 
Features
PAL, Widescreen 
Barcode
5035673006115 
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play.  CARMEN JONES A film by Otto Preminger This sizzling screen version of Bizet's opera Carmen updated for an all-black cast, stars Dorothy Dandridge, whose vibrant performance resulted in the first Oscar® nomination for a black actress. She stars in the title role as a passionate sexy creature who lures handsome GI Joe (Harry Belafonte) away from his sweetheart (Olga James). Following a brawl with his sergeant, Joe deserts his regiment with the sultry femme fatale. Carmen soon tires of him and takes up with a heavyweight prize-fighter (Joe Adams), triggering Joe's tragic revenge. Helping to set the screen on fire are Pearl Bailey and Diahann Carroll, part of the sensational troupe that makes Carmen Jones essential viewing.

Otto Preminger directs this modernised adaptation of Bizet's opera that features an African-American cast. Vixen parachute maker Carmen Jones (Dorothy Dandridge) lures handsome GI Joe (Harry Belafonte) away from his sweetheart Cindy Lou (Olga James) when he is assigned to escort her to court after she's involved in a brawl in her factory. She succeeds in seducing him but Carmen soon tires of Joe, runs off and pursues champion prizefighter Husky Miller (Joe Adams), triggering Joe's tragic revenge.

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