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Carmen on Film: A Cultural History
     

Carmen on Film: A Cultural History

by Phil Powrie, Bruce Babington, Ann Davies, Chris Perriam, Ian Biddle
 

ISBN-10: 0253219078

ISBN-13: 9780253219077

Pub. Date: 06/23/2007

Publisher: Indiana University Press

The story of Carmen, the Spanish Gypsy femme fatale, is one of the most adapted stories in the history of cinema. The films are often a combination of Mérimée's 1845 novella and the opera Bizet fashioned from the novella thirty years later. Carmen on Film: A Cultural History focuses on 16 of the most important Carmen films, ranging across three main

Overview

The story of Carmen, the Spanish Gypsy femme fatale, is one of the most adapted stories in the history of cinema. The films are often a combination of Mérimée's 1845 novella and the opera Bizet fashioned from the novella thirty years later. Carmen on Film: A Cultural History focuses on 16 of the most important Carmen films, ranging across three main cinemas (Hollywood, France, and Spain), stretching from the earliest films to the most recent (by director): Calmettes (1910), DeMille (1915), Walsh (1915), Chaplin (1916), Lubitsch (1918), Walsh (1927), Feyder (1926), Rey (1938), Vidor (1948), Preminger (1954), Demicheli (1959), Saura (1983), Godard (1984), Rosi (1984), Ramaka (2001), and Aranda (2003).

The story of Carmen has captured the imagination of audiences and readers for more than 150 years. Powrie, Babington, Davies, and Perriam ask why-and in their examination of the numerous cinematic retellings of this popular tale, they offer insight into the cultural significance of the fictional lives and deaths of Carmen.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253219077
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
06/23/2007
Edition description:
Annotated
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Mapping Carmen
2. Theorizing Carmen
3. Carmen of the Americas
4. 1915: the year of two Carmens (DeMille, Walsh)
5. German-American relations (Lubitsch, 1918 & 1921)
6. The most surprising Carmen (Walsh, 1926)
7. Carmen of the suburbs (Vidor, 1948)
8. Apropos Dis an' Dat (Preminger, 1954)
9. Carmen and the French cinema
10. Two silent Carmens (Calmettes, 1910; Feyder, 1926)
11. Jean-Luc's women (Godard, 1984)
12. Social-realist fantasies (Rosi, 1984)
13. A postcolonial Carmen (Ramaka, 2001)
14. Carmen and the Spanish cinema
15. Carmen under Franco (Rey, 1938; Demicheli, 1959)
16. Carmen after Franco (Saura, 1983; Aranda, 2003)
17. Carmen and stardom
18. Rita Hayworth
19. Viviane Romance
20. Sara Montiel
21. Plácido Domingo
Conclusion
Filmography
Bibliography
Notes
Index

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