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Carmen (1944)

French-Italian version of the famous opera by Georges Bizet.




Prosper Mérimée (based on a novella by), Christian-Jaque (adaptation) | 4 more credits »


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Credited cast:
Viviane Romance ... Carmen
Jean Marais ... Don José
Lucien Coëdel Lucien Coëdel ... Garcia
Julien Bertheau ... Lucas, le matador / Lucas, il matador
Jean Brochard ... Lillas-Pastia
Georges Tourreil Georges Tourreil ... Dancaire
Adriano Rimoldi ... Marquez, le lieutenant des Dragons / Marquez, il tenente dei Dragoni
Elli Parvo ... Pamela
Mario Gallina Mario Gallina ... Un marchand / Un mercante
Marguerite Moreno ... La gitane / La zingara
Bernard Blier ... Remendado
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anna Arena Anna Arena ... La dame dame dans la diligence / La bella signora nella diligenza
André Bervil André Bervil ... Un moine / Un frate
Adriana Dionisi Adriana Dionisi
Luigi Garbuio Luigi Garbuio


French-Italian version of the famous opera by Georges Bizet.

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She's Sultry...Bold...Daring!


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Release Date:

26 November 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Story of Carmen See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Although produced in 1942, the film was only released in France and Italy in 1945 (in February and May respectively). See more »


Version of Kokkino-mavro Carmen (1987) See more »

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If I love you ,you'd best beware !
19 February 2017 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Filmed in 1942-1943 in Roman studios and on location in Spain .

....but it does not really sound Spanish for all that :besides,Jean Marais -one of my favorite French actors- ,like Glenn Ford in "the loves of Carmen" - is not Latin at all:hence the necessity to make him up outrageously with dubious results;on the other hand ,Viviane Romance's ,(along with Ginette Leclerc ,par excellence the ideal femmes fatales ) choice is perfect ,the part was tailor-made for her.

Based on Bizet's opera (omitting the Michaela character) and on Mérimée's novel ,Christian -Jaque directs a Carmen by the numbers,using now and then Bizet's music ,particularly " La Garde Montante " with a deployment of troops,pageantry worthy of the folklore for tourists.Nobody sings ,and the only aria with is heard is the obligatory "'Air Du Toréador".

Fortunately ,Christian-Jaque ,whose know-how never deserted him ,favors Mérimée over Bizet."It was meant to be" is Carmen's motto ,a femme fatale who knows she won't escape from a fate which is written in the cards ;the scenes with Madame Marguerite Moreno as the fortune- teller are a true delight for the cine-buffs :this actress can outshine everyone on the screen when she appears ,weren't it only for some minutes.

The office Catholique Du Cinema forbade the movie to their flock ;the lines are full of saucy sexual innuendos :the bandits regretting they couldn't share the young girl's dowry (and virginity) was a scene too many for them;and if it were not enough,the outlaws,disguised as priests ,ask the travelers to put their money and jewels under saint Cunegonde's wing ,that it to say in their Bible/box;the final scenes ,when Marais asks a priest to give him absolution is too little too late ;it's possible that this edifying scene was imposed upon him by the producers .

In the field of the literary adaptation,Christian-Jaque would do much better with Maupassant's "Boule De Suif"(1945)

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