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Loves of Carmen
     

The Loves of Carmen

Director: Charles Vidor, Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, Ron Randell

Cast: Charles Vidor, Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, Ron Randell

 

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This vintage Rita Hayworth vehicle has been given a presentation befitting her status as one of the great love goddesses of Hollywood's Golden Age. The Loves of Carmen has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The original English-language soundtrack is accompanied by

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This vintage Rita Hayworth vehicle has been given a presentation befitting her status as one of the great love goddesses of Hollywood's Golden Age. The Loves of Carmen has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The original English-language soundtrack is accompanied by alternate dubbed versions in Spanish and Portuguese, with optional subtitles in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai. Bonus materials include a biographical short on Rita Hayworth; text biographies on Hayworth, co-stars Glenn Ford and Victor Jory, and director Charles Vidor; a collection of theatrical trailers for classic Hayworth films; and a gallery of vintage advertising artwork.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
If you're going to make a non-operatic version of a famous opera, you need to have both an excellent reason for doing so and a new take on the material. The Loves of Carmen has the reason -- Rita Hayworth's unearthly beauty and incredible sex appeal -- but it falls down on the second score. Helen Deutsch's screenplay merely retells the opera's (and book's) story, which is exceedingly melodramatic, yet she doesn't offer new insights or provide structural and motivational elements that can fill in the gaps left by the removal of Bizet's evocative music. Her dialogue is sluggish and trite, and much of the film is quite dated -- especially a reference to Glenn Ford having joined "the Gay Police." With no new conception to the story, what in the opera that does come across as tragic, romantic, and enticingly lurid also seems disjointed, forced, and sometimes silly. A miscast Ford doesn't help; a more than capable actor, he's out of his element here and cannot supply the self-destructive obsession that the role demands. Fortunately, the film does have Hayworth, one of the screen's few genuine "love goddesses," and a fine actress to boot. She can't overcome some of the dialogue, but she's so bewitching that most viewers will ignore the stilted words coming out of her mouth. In her dialogue scenes, she can't quite convey the evil fire that burns within Carmen, but when she's given the opportunity to dance, she fills the screen with the vitality and venom that mark her character. William Snyder's glorious cinematography catches her in all her stunning beauty, and the combination of Hayworth and Snyder are enough to overcome -- just barely -- many of the film's flaws.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/21/1999
UPC:
0043396086494
Original Release:
1948
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:36:00

Special Features

Digitally remastered audio and video; Production notes; Interactive menus; English, Spanish, and Portuguese soundtracks; English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai subtitles; Rita Hayworth featurette; Vintage advertising; Talent files; Theatrical trailers; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rita Hayworth Carmen Garcia
Glenn Ford Don Jose
Ron Randell Andres
Victor Jory Garcia
Luther Adler Dancaire
Arnold Moss Colonel
Joseph Buloff Remendado
Margaret Wycherly Old Gypsy Crone
Bernard Nedell Pablo
John Baragrey Lucas
Philip Van Zandt Sergeant
Trevor Bardette Footman
Wally Cassell Dragoon
Peter Cusanelli Man in Crown
Tony Dante Groom
Claire Du Brey Woman in Window
Paul Fierro Actor
Kate Lawson Woman Relative
Paul Marion Sergeant of Dragoons
Eula Morgan Woman in Crowns
Inez Palange Actor
Veronika Pataky Bride
Leona Roberts Ancient Gypsy Woman
Cosmo Sardo Actor
Rosa Turich Bride's Mother
Peter Virgo Soldier
Vernon Cansino Actor
Lulu Mae Bohrman Actor
Alfred Paix Actor
Jerry DeCastro Actor
John Verros Man
Victor McLaglen Actor

Technical Credits
Charles Vidor Director,Producer
Clay Campbell Makeup
Eduardo Cansino Choreography
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Score Composer
Helen Deutsch Screenwriter
Stephen Goosson Art Director
William Kiernan Set Decoration/Design
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Wilbur Menefee Set Decoration/Design
Charles Nelson Editor
Cary O'Dell Art Director
Robert Sidney Choreography
William Snyder Cinematographer
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [2:55]
2. Don José & the Colonel [1:52]
3. Carmen [8:15]
4. "Dirty, Gypsy Trash!" [4:19]
5. Advice & Punishment [1:51]
6. The Colonel's Party [4:16]
7. Lillas Pastia [3:10]
8. One Love [2:30]
9. Square Dancing [4:24]
10. Where Carmen Lives [5:11]
11. The Lesson [2:45]
12. A Deserter & Murderer [1:53]
13. Remendado & Pablo [2:49]
14. Garcia [4:30]
15. Caravan of Thieves [1:43]
16. Mountain Attack [4:41]
17. Challenging Garcia [4:47]
18. Lucas [2:33]
19. Don José's Campfire [3:54]
20. Knife Fight [3:20]
21. Marriage Talk [1:34]
22. Bandido [:45]
23. Robbing the Coach [2:49]
24. "Come Away With Me." [5:36]
25. Carmen's Song [2:01]
26. The Return of Carmen [6:47]
27. Parade of the Toreadors [1:17]
28. Bad Luck [3:52]

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