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10 October 1967 (USA) See more »
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Recommended for THE MATURE ADULT! See more »
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A sexy temptress no man can resist and a local police officer who falls hard for her become embroiled in a complicated intrigue of passion and jealousy in Radley Metzger's boldly original erotic update of the opera Carmen. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Uta Levka ... Carmen
Claus Ringer ... Jose

Carl Möhner ... Medicio

Barbara Valentin ... Dolores
Walter Wilz ... Baby Lucas

Christiane Rücker ... Misty
Arthur Brauss ... Garcia
Doris Arden ... Darcy
Michael Münzer ... Magistrate
Christian Fredersdorf
Nino Korda

Directed by
Radley Metzger 
 
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(in alphabetical order)
Prosper Mérimée  novel "Carmen"
Jesse Vogel 

Produced by
Radley Metzger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Daniel Hart 
 
Cinematography by
Hans Jura 
 
Film Editing by
Humphrey Wood 
 
Costume Design by
Milena Kumar 
 
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Also Known As:
"Carmen Baby" - West Germany
"Carmen Baby" - Italy
"Carmen Baby" - France
"Carmen Baby" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"Carmen Baby - kvinnodjuret" - Sweden
"Carmen, Baby" - Brazil (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
97 min (video version) | France:87 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:R | France:18 | France:12 (re-rating) | Italy:VM18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18 (nf) (cut)
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Uta Levka was in the early stages of pregnancy and refused to do most of the nude scenes planned, forcing director Radley Metzger to use other means to suggest desire.See more »
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Magistrate's wife:Why don't you join us? Any friend of my husband is a friend of mine.See more »
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Feels Like Lovin'See more »

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Could Be Worse (maybe?), 30 January 2009
Author: aimless-46 from Kentucky

Back in my Junior High years "Carmen, Baby" (1967) was hot (but forbidden) stuff in our small mid-western town. For some reason the distributor gave this film from avant-garde erotica director Radley Metzger a wide US theatrical release-with mega publicity. So teenage boys were titillated each day by newspaper ads featuring two still memorable publicity photos of German actress Uta Levka; sticking out her tongue in a close-up and displaying her curves in a long side shot. We were too young for admittance although some managed to see the film when it hit the drive-in circuit the next summer.

Finally getting to view the thing 40 years later was pretty much a prescription for disappointment and I soon found myself yearning for Rita Hayworth in "The Loves of Carmen (1948).

Metzger's modern retelling of Bizet's opera is generally faithful to the story and sometimes even inventive in its technique. There wasn't much about it that I would consider experimental, other than a slick touch toward the end where Metzger illustrates the separation between Carmen (Levka) and Jose (Claus Ringer) by filming them together at a club from an angle that places a beam between them. What was certainly an "adult" film in 1967 seems almost prudish next to typical contemporary teen films like "American Pie".

Metzger is an American who shot a film in Germany with a German cast speaking English (for a while I thought it dubbed but why dub in broken English). Subtitles would have fixed a portion of the weak acting but would have hurt profits. The film would have been better in 1967 and less dated today if Metzger had used a bit of Bizet's music in the score instead of mid-60's European lounge music.

Ringer is actually quite good nonverbally but has trouble selling his character's obsession with the title character. In part because of the extremely weak script but also because despite her great publicity photos; the on-screen Levka is totally bland and sterile.

Despite excellent and well proved source material, the screenwriter obviously struggled with its modern adaptation and Metzger meanders stylishly all over the place while managing to show nothing particularly erotic "on screen" - whenever anything begins to happen the camera pulls in for a close-up of a man's face experiencing pleasure and one is left to imagine what is happening outside the frame. There are a few good action scenes when Jose surprises his boss in the bedroom with Carmen. The traditional catfight at the start of the film is completely unconvincing; you actual feel embarrassed for the two actresses who have to participate in something this lame.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

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