My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Carmen

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(out of 5)


Carlos Saura’s fascination with Latin dance gets an excellent showcase in this beautiful film adaptation of Prosper Merimee’s novel and Bizet’s opera.   , who starred in and choreographed Saura’s Blood Wedding, plays a fictionalized version of himself as director of a dance troupe who is inspired to adapt Carmen as a flamenco ballet. Searching extensively for his leading actress, he chooses a charismatic though not overtly strong femme fatale () for the starring role, then falls in love with her and quite possibly heads toward a dark fate. She is mysterious, beautiful and deeply bewitching, leading to the director’s judgment clouding as the events depicted in the ballet mirror those which are happening in real life. It’s just fluffy enough to be thrilling and only serious enough to be engaging, a beautiful blend of arts that zips by in no time and captures the energy of the dance technique it depicts surprisingly well.


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Spain, 1983

Directed by

Screenplay by Carlos Saura, , based on the novella by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1983

Cannes Film Festival 1983

Golden Globe Awards 1983

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