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Carmen
     

Carmen

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Director: Vicente Aranda, Paz Vega, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Jay Benedict

Cast: Vicente Aranda, Paz Vega, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Jay Benedict

 
Directed by veteran Spanish helmer Vicente Aranda, Carmen revolves around a complex cast of characters, including Merimee (Jay Benedict), a writer and archeologist whose research in southern Spain circa 1830 brings him into contact with Jose (Leonardo Sbaraglia), a bandit. When Merimee meets the beautiful Carmen (Paz Vega) in a cathedral, Jose bursts in and orders

Overview

Directed by veteran Spanish helmer Vicente Aranda, Carmen revolves around a complex cast of characters, including Merimee (Jay Benedict), a writer and archeologist whose research in southern Spain circa 1830 brings him into contact with Jose (Leonardo Sbaraglia), a bandit. When Merimee meets the beautiful Carmen (Paz Vega) in a cathedral, Jose bursts in and orders Merimee to leave unless he wanted to be killed. Eventually, Jose reveals how he had met Carmen -- breaking up a fight between her and a co-worker who believed her to be a witch, and subsequently letting her off the hook rather than taking her to prison. When they next met, Carmen was working as a prostitute, which made Jose jealous enough to murder one of her clients. Afterwards, he dedicated his entire life to being with her, not caring who he killed along the way. The film also features Antonio Dechent, Joan Crosas, and Joe Mackay. ~ Tracie Cooper

Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2008
UPC:
0031398218838
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
NR
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:59:00
Sales rank:
57,175

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paz Vega Carmen
Leonardo Sbaraglia Jose
Jay Benedict Merimee
Antonio Dechent One-Eye
Joan Crosas Dancaire
Joe Mackay Lieutenant
Joseph Linuesa Actor
William Armstrong Actor
Julio Velez Actor
Emilio Linder Actor
Miguel A. Valcarcel Actor
Gines Garcia Millan Actor
Susi Sánchez Actor
María Botto Actor

Technical Credits
Vicente Aranda Director,Screenwriter
Juan Alexander Producer
Jose Luis Garcia Arrojo Executive Producer
Paco Femenia Cinematographer
Benjamin Fernandez Art Director
Teresa Font Editor
Joaquín Jordà Screenwriter
José Nieto Score Composer
Alastair Widgery Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Carmen
1. Foto de Carmen/Carmen's Picture [8:18]
2. Carretas en la Calle/Carts In the Street [10:48]
3. Suena la Campana/Bell Ringing [11:14]
4. La Gente Va a la Catedral/People Walk to the Cathedral [9:25]
5. Historia de Navarro/Navarro's Story [11:46]
6. Mujeres Que Entran/Women Coming In [7:21]
7. Se Oye la Música/The Music Starts Playing [7:45]
8. Navarro/Navarro [10:48]
9. Conversación/Background Chattering [9:10]
10. Hombres Insinuándose/Men Making Advances [13:55]
11. Carmen Pensativa/Thoughtful Carmen [14:46]
12. Carmen Se le Acerca a Navarro/Carmen Approaches Navarro [4:01]

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4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Even for the non-opera loving public the name CARMEN is immediately recognized as an opera by Bizet about a gypsy girl whose capricious loves destroy men. But as much as the opera is now considered a staple in every opera house repertoire, the real story of the wild gypsy lass as created by Prosper M&#233 rim&#233 e in 1845 has never been told as well as in this cinematic version by the abundantly gifted Spanish director Vicente Aranda ('Juana la Loca AKA Mad Love','Amantes', 'If they tell you I fell', etc.). Incorporating the author of the novel as a main character seeking the story of Carmen from one of her lovers - Jos&#233 - provides just the right vantage for the story of this famous gypsy wild lady to be told. Carmen (the amazingly beautiful and talented Paz Vega) works in a cigar factory in Seville, a factory adjoining the military station where the very proper Jos&#233 (Leonardo Sbaraglia) is stationed. Carmen is tempestuous and in a fight instigated by a fellow factory worker bringing attention to the fact that Carmen is a gypsy, Carmen murders the co-worker and is arrested. Jos&#233 is physically attracted to the voluptuous Carmen and when Carmen flirts with him he consents to allow her to escape - his payback is the promise for a night of passion with Carmen. Carmen keeps her pact, providing Jos&#233 with his first sexual encounter, and Jos&#233 is doomed. His lack of military discipline results in his losing his rank and being imprisoned for a while, but at his release Jos&#233 encounters Carmen again, kills a fellow officer, and in fear runs off to the hills to live with the smugglers and gypsies that are Carmen's people. Many incidents occur to try the passionate bond between the lovers, but when Carmen's real husband is released from prison, destructive behaviors take over, behavior's that include Carmen's infatuation and affair with a bullfighter and the passion of Carmen and Jos&#233 comes to a tragic end. One factor that makes the story (as adapted for the screen by director Aranda and Joaquim Jord&#224 move so well is the role that Prosper M&#233 rim&#233 e (Jay Benedict) plays: his questioning of Jos&#233 completes the story that Bizet's opera only outlines. The acting is superb, the cinematography by Paco Femenia and the excellent musical score by Jos&#233 Nieto contribute enormously to the success of this very fine film. This is a must for lovers of the opera Carmen, and a splendid action drama for those viewers who admire historical pieces. Highly recommended. Grady Harp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago