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Carmen, la que contaba 16 años (1978)

The old story repeats itself, in another time, and another place. End of the 1970s, at La Guaira seaport, a strapping sixteen-year old Carmen is the girl that attract all males' eyes. ... See full summary »


Román Chalbaud


Prosper Mérimée (novel)
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Complete credited cast:
Mayra Alejandra Mayra Alejandra ... Carmen
Miguel Ángel Landa Miguel Ángel Landa ... José Navarro - National Guard sergeant
William Moreno William Moreno ... Félix Reverte - bullfighter
Carlos Márquez Carlos Márquez ... Comandante - Guardia Nacional
Rafael Briceño Rafael Briceño ... El Tuerto
Berta Moncayo Berta Moncayo ... La Pericia
Arturo Calderón Arturo Calderón ... Gusano e' queso
Balmore Moreno Balmore Moreno ... Bienmesabe
José Rodriguez José Rodriguez ... Tijereta
Nancy Soto Nancy Soto ... Isabel
María Antonieta Gómez María Antonieta Gómez ... La Perica
Víctor Cuica Víctor Cuica
Pilar Romero Pilar Romero ... Micaela


The old story repeats itself, in another time, and another place. End of the 1970s, at La Guaira seaport, a strapping sixteen-year old Carmen is the girl that attract all males' eyes. Female rivalries and hot tempers leads her into a fight with an older woman smuggler, La Perícia, at the municipal market. Carmen cuts the other woman's face. José Navarro, sergeant of Guardia Nacional on duty, arrests her, and takes her in a truck to the police station. The way is short, but the time of touching his face with a blossoming red rose, José is love with Carmen. For her, he will betray his uniform, he will lose his grade, and he will even kill, becoming the leader of her gang of smugglers. Félix Reverte, a young and daring bullfighter, comes to town where he will perform his art of killing the bull in the arena, soon; he too, becomes madly in love with Carmen, and the girl becomes obsessed with his courtship, rejecting her older lover. The day of the bullfight, when Carmen approaches the ... Written by Artemis-9

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11 October 1978 (Venezuela) See more »

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Interesting approach to Merimee' s novel.
30 September 2007 | by pywalkye2See all my reviews

This movie made by the Venezuelan director Roman Chalbaud in 1978 with a very low budget but a very good crew and actors is a good attempt for the moment. By that time the venezuelan movie industry was in diapers and making a movie was (and still is) an odyssey. Carmen is a beautiful woman with all the men at her feet. She fall in love with a National Guard and from there he start being a looser, he becomes involved with a gang of smugglers and lose his dignity and job. Then as Bizet's opera , Carmen meet a young bullfighter "matador" and get involved with, at the end she died stabbed by her first lover. The main plot is based in the opera Carmen with a sub plot that goes parallel. Mayra Alejandra a very good TV actress is Carmen, a great Carmen, and Miguel Angel Landa (Jose) also a TV and movie star, made a good work with the support of Carlos Marquez (well known TV and movie actor), William Moreno etc. All made a very good job I guess. The music could not be other than high lights from the Bizet's Opera and venezuelan music. With no doubts an interesting approach and I shall also say a good attempt in venezuelan movie industry 30 years ago.

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