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Title:
The Loves of Carmen
Author:
Vidor, Charles, 1900-1959.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Culver City, CA : Columbia TriStar Home Video, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (97 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Set in 19th-Century Spain. Carmen is an amoral gypsy with a penchant for trouble and temporary love affairs. Young, respectable Dragoon Don Jose falls hard for the willful, sexy Carmen, but soon finds himself embroiled in her bohemian lifestyle and criminal ways. After killing his commanding officer in a duel, Jose and Carmen flee to a mountainous gypsy hideout.
General Note:
Based on Carmen / Prosper Mérimée.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1948.

Special features include: Production notes ; interactive menus ; Rita Hayworth featurette ; vintage advertising ; talent files ; theatrical trailers ; scene selections.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780767827706
Format :
DVD

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Perhaps it's just as well that Columbia elected to film Prosper Merimee's Carmen without Georges Bizet's music: after all, Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford weren't exactly Leontyne Price and Robert Merrill. The Loves of Carmen is a reasonably faithful rehash of Merimee's story of the tempestuous gypsy cigarette-factory worker Carmen (Hayworth) and the devastating effect she has on the men in her life. Assigned to arrest Carmen after a street brawl, handsome military officer Don Jose (Ford) falls in love with her instead, renouncing his virginal sweetheart and falling in with Carmen's smuggler cronies. So smitten is Don Jose that he doesn't realize until it's too late that the amoral Carmen is foredoomed to destroy herself and her lovers. Highlights include a knife duel between Don Jose and Carmen's common-law husband Garcia (Victor Jory) and the fatal final confrontation stemming from Carmen's flirtation with bullfighter Lucas (John Baragrey). Dazzling Technicolor photography is the principal asset of this entertaining but uneven star vehicle. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi