SKU 6528

CARMEN (1984) * with switchable English and Spanish subtitles *

Directed by Francesco Rosi Written by Henri Meilhac Ludovic Halévy Francesco Rosi Tonino Guerra Produced by Patrice Ledoux Julia Migenes-Johnson as Carmen Plácido Domingo as Don José Ruggero Raimondi as Escamillo Faith Esham as Micaëla François le Roux as Moralès John-Paul Bogart as Zuñiga Susan Daniel as Mercédès Lillian Watson as Frasquita Jean-Philippe Lafont as Dancaïre Gérard Garino as Remendado Julien Guiomar as Lillas Pastia Accursio Di Leo as Guide Maria Campano as Manuelita Cristina Hoyos as dancer Juan Antonio Jiménez as dancer

NOTE:  There are scenes of animal cruelty in this film.

This cinematic version of Bizet's opera opens with the closing moments in a bullfight, where a bull, driven to exhaustion through blood loss, is "mercifully" put out of its misery with a thrust of the sword and the "heroic" animal abuser is hailed by the bloodthirsty crowd. If you can get past this unnecessarily brutal opening, the rest of the film is set in 1820s Spain, where the soldier Don José falls in love with the fiery and charismatic factory worker Carmen. Conflicts and grievances multiply, however, as it becomes apparent their views on love and commitment are fundamentally incompatible.

DVD-R is in French with switchable English and Spanish subtitles. Approx. 149 mins. See film sample for audio and video quality!

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