Carmen (1983)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Spain, 1983.  , . 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 1983Cannes Film Festival 1983.  Golden Globe Awards 1983National Board of Review Awards 1984.  

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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