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Carmen [DVD]

Carlos Saura    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Carlos Saura
  • Producers: Emiliano Piedra
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 23 April 2012
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D07QJE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,549 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Spanish director Carlos Saura mixes rehearsals and the real thing for this adaptation of Bizet's opera, effectively telling Carmen's story twice in one film. Choreographer Antonio (Antonio Gades) casts an unknown girl (Laura del Sol) to dance the title role in his new balletic version of 'Carmen'. Whilst rehearsing, the pair fall in love, even though the young dancer has a husband in jail on drug charges. Saura's adaptation is highly regarded and is noted for its transposition of the legend using various Spanish dances and folksongs, and exhilarating visuals to accompany Bizet's music. Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia also contributes to the soundtrack.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Based on the French novel and Bizet's most popular opera which it inspired, Carlos Saura's exhilarating flamenco Carmen became an instant classic on its release and was rewarded with many international accolades including Academy Award nominations and prizes at the Cannes Film Festival. The film explores the legend by staging a modern ensemble of musicians and dancers busy rehearsing a flamenco interpretation of the Carmen story. The producer and star dancer is Antonio (Antonio Gades) chooses a girl named Carmen (Laura del Sol) to play 'his' Carmen, but life begins tragically to imitate art... SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, ...Carmen (UK)

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An effortlessly stunning work of film 12 July 2002
By A Customer
This has to be one of the most stunningly made dance films I have ever seen. Following along the original story lines of Bizet's Carmen not only the music, but the tale has been cleverly transposed to the aching passionate qualities of Flamenco. Although you think that you are watching a film about the makings of a stage production, Saura entices the viewer to realise that they are watching a re-enactment of the actual characters in the book amongst the cast.
Absolutley brilliant performances from all the dancers, and particularly from Antonio Gades, who has in the past brought this production to our London theatres such as Saddlers Wells.
A must for all world cinema fans.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carmen get it 1 Mar 2006
This quickly became one of my favourite films. The 'tobacco factory' scene is the best dance routine that I've ever seen and, at the age of sixty, I've seen plenty!
The dancer Cristina Hoyos plays a minor role and steals the scenes that she is in. The poker-faced dance leader Antonio Gades is unintentionally funny at times, but this just adds to the charm of the film.
It is beautifully photographed and lit. Highly recommended.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carmen by Carlos Soura 23 Jan 2004
Wow, absolutely exhilarating. You don't have to be a lover of classical music, or of Bizet's opera 'Carmen', to be riveted to your seat during this movie. Director Carlos Soura excels at realistically portraying the passion and fiery emotions contained within the story line. The elements of deep infatuation, lust, deceit and unrequited love are hammered home by the seemingly constant sound of heels, boots and flamenco castanet's. The blood races in time to the score, and to the brilliant spanish guitar of Paco De Luca who appears throughout as a supporting actor. Soura teases and amazes his audience as scenes evolve from dance hall rehearsals to real life, and back again, finally to a tragic climax that duplicates the final scene of rehearsals. This is 97 minutes of sheer .mental stimulation - the spanish music, the flamenco dancing , the stark sets and, Carlos Soura at his best.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mesmeric flamenco - deep Spanish passion! 1 April 2007
By Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane TOP 100 REVIEWER
I bought this on spec.. I love the opera and thought it might be worth having a look at this alternative version. It certainly was. The film won many prizes on its release in 1983 and has been much praised. It centres on preparations for a flamenco performance of the Carmen story. The producer and star dancer (Antonio Gades) chooses a girl (Laura del Sol, and quite stunning) named Carmen to play his heroine, and then life begins curiously and tragically to imitate art. It's not a happy film, but it is a very atmospheric one and the dancing is revelatory.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies I have seen this year 17 Aug 2005
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I have always loved Flamenco music,dance and opera which are contained here in abandon. This is a movie within a movie.The anamorphic transfer of the DVD is excellent, the actors featuring the Flamenco legend, Paco de Lucia is out of this world even though you can tell that he is not a professional actor but his charm unbelievable. Buy this as soon as you can before it out of print. The main character the is rehearsing the Carmen performance with the crew and is searching for the best lady to play Carmen.Carlous Saura did not change the names of the charactors e.g. Paco is called by his real name,even Antoine or the lady's name happens to be Carmen as well and incidentally works very well for the movie. Words can not be enough to praise this magnificent piece of cinema.Just buy and enjoy
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carmen - how good is this film? 5 April 2006
By Amber
I first saw this version of Carmen in 1983 upon general cinema release, have never forgotten it and been on the lookout for it ever since. It's taken 23 years! The flamenco is riveting, and the DVD is worth buying for the dancing alone. The cigar factory showdown is stunning. Highly recommended.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carmen - fact or fiction? 15 Feb 2006
By A Customer
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What a clever film! I saw it years ago and have searched for it ever since. The story of the opera is mirrored in real life, and culminates with 'Carmen' killing (or does she?) the director, who has been showing how he wants her to play the scene. However, as in the opera, the singer playing Carmen is unfaithful, and it becomes more and more difficult to untangle truth from reality. Real life mirroring art ... what do you think?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carmen (DVD) 20 April 2012
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This is so good. It is refreshingly brilliant.
In this version, the music and singing of the Opera by Georges Bizet, is largely heard in the background, and most of the action takes place in the form of a dance rehersal, in casual contemporary dress.
A dance Director and choreographer Antonio Gades, is seeking the ideal Carmen for his forthcomming production, and the arrival of a young unconventional flirtatious dancer, Laura del Sol, turns his emotions into chaos, and the rehersals follow the story of the Opera.
The dancing is tremendous, and Flamenco and Flamingo Dancers and Singers and Guitarists, are featured as they are in the street festivals, at the rehersals, and at Antonio's Birthday Party.
There is a comical Bull fight mimed by two of Antonio's friends at the party, where another friend tries to advise him against his emotional attachment to the girl, who is married to a man recently released from Prison.
Very cleverly, scenes which appear to be in the present day reality, turn into scenes from the Opera rehersal, as a double reality with a twist.
The photography is beautiful and dramatic, and the acting portrays powerful repressed passion, which occasionally erupts.
If one is familiar with conventional productions of the Opera, it is difficult not fill in the gaps as it were, and view this film against a background of elaborate costumes and scenery. Maybe this is what the Spanish Director Carlos Saura wants, so that the viewer can appreciate his poetic and simpified deviation from any preconceived ideas, all the better.
It is performed in Spanish, with English subtitles, and unfortunately, the only extra is the Theatrical Trailer.
This Bafta award winning interpretation of Carmen, is certainly one not to overlook.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars my mistake so don't like it
thought this was a performance of the opera, my mistake so don't like it
Published 14 days ago by mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Present so I don't know
Published 27 days ago by John Lessore
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
Birthday present to my flamenco loving husband. It his ratings I submit to you. Excellent work of Saura, excellent music and dancing.
Published 3 months ago by Pamela Molander
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love flamenco you'll love this
This is a classic. A Flamenco version of Carmen is a match made in heaven. It is a story of passion and the passion of flamenco just adds to it. Great film.
Published 4 months ago by Pigprof
5.0 out of 5 stars Not watched yet
This was to replace an old video and am looking forward to watching it soon and then lending it out
Published 7 months ago by Angeles Walford
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, great buy
This is my favorite film of all time--passionate, amazing dance routines, a clever psychological drama. It is impossible to find in the U.S. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Diane de Anda
2.0 out of 5 stars It is a VHS
I didnt expect that these were still on sale, so i ordered without looking if it could be something differnt but the dvd.... Read more
Published 10 months ago by juliane draeger
4.0 out of 5 stars NICE PRODUCT

Published 11 months ago by Klaus A. Irrgang
5.0 out of 5 stars Carmen
Gripping, dramatic, sexy. In spite of the subtitles, the beautiful use of storytelling using this intense genre of dance makes this very watchable. Read more
Published 12 months ago by G.A
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding Flamenco.
This is a 1983 version of the classic tale of love and betrayal, inspired by both the original book, and the Bizet opera. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. P. Johnson
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