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The Loves of Carmen [DVD] [1948]


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  • Actors: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, Ron Randell, Victor Jory, Luther Adlet
  • Directors: Charles Vidor
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Greek, Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi, Italian
  • Dubbed: Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent. UK
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Sep 2011
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002WHMHI2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,535 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on the famed tale of Carmen, best known through Bizet’s opera, the third pairing of stars Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth takes advantage of their smoldering on-screen chemistry in this depiction of amour fou. Lusciously photographed in Technicolor, the sumptuous tones highlight the eroticism of the tale, as well as Hayworth’s gorgeous red hair and the fabulous costumes in this timeless Spanish story. When young soldier Don José (Ford) falls for gypsy girl Carmen (Hayworth), he doesn’t realize that Carmen is the sweetheart of many of the young Dragoons, not to mention his own Colonel. After finding his Colonel (Arnold Moss) in Carmen’s boudoir, Don José kills him and flees with the girl into the den of thieves run by Carmen’s gypsy husband (Victor Jory). Though sickened by the moral code of the gypsies, Don José cannot tear himself away from the treacherous femme fatale. Directed by Charles Vidor (Gilda).

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Nov 2007
Format: DVD
"She's bad all the way through. She lies as easily as other people drink water. She's a liar, a thief and a cheat. Has no more manners than my Great Aunt's cat. She's really awful. And I'd sell my soul to hear her say just once she loves me."

1948's The Loves of Carmen may dispense with Bizet, but this lavish `straight' adaptation of the classic tale of destructive love from the days when Technicolor was still glorious does reunite Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford with their Gilda director Charles Vidor to good effect. The passion may not burn as hot or as deep as in Prosper Merimee's novel or Bizet's opera but it's fairly grand entertainment with all the production values that only the studio system at its height could provide even if idealistic young Spanish officer Ford's brooding over his ruined life and amoral gypsy temptress Carmen's fickle affections does threaten to get on your nerves in the last third. Hayworth wasn't yet a good enough actress to make the most of the part, but she certainly scores in the allure department.

Columbia's Region 1 NTSC DVD boasts a magnificent color transfer with the original theatrical trailer included.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By doctor oz MB,MRCP on 9 Feb 2010
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When "Prosper Merimee" wrote Carmen ,she was exploring the darker side of feminie behaviour in the guise of a tempestuous 'gypsy woman' that she aptly and delightfully named as Carmen and than set it in the sweltering Andulacian city of Seville in a time of political turmoil at turn of century .

The character is just as amoral and fickle as the Spanish mainstream Establishment, who persecute and simultaneously exploit the downtrodden Gypsy people for ulterior motives,but otherwise shun them to the outfringes of the society itself.

Rita is totally worthy of playing 'Carmen' as the tawny temptress who has a roving eye and a temper to match and a spirited sensual charm that can allure any man .

As the camera sweeps over the city walls of Seville while Glenn ford as the dashing but rather perfidious Army captain from Navarra,enters the Andulacian army fort ,and sets eyse on the irreristible Carmen ,there is an immense chemistry that immediately sets the screen aflame as the two virtually sizzle in their fatal attraction for each other.

Yet Charles Vidor is a director to reckon as he immediately starts dropping trivial hints of the doomed unforbidden love between an outcast and a genteel officer ,the 'ominous card games' and superstitious signs emerge as various metaphors and set an intriguing lurid atmosphere which is scintillating and yet extremely foreboding as the forbidden love blossoms.

The inevitable happens as Rita and Ford elope consumed with an insatiable lust and Ford himself becomes a 'wanted criminal'as an army deserter and a murderer , finally he discovers Carmen is married to another gypsy bandit ,and the doomed story evolves into a convoluted riddle in the mountains of Sierra Nevada .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phillipa Thomas on 23 July 2013
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I bought this as I was preparing to sing the role in Bizet's opera 'Carmen' and I found it captivating. Rita Hayworth is playful and mischievous and sometime a little petulant as she toys with Jose and other men. Her desire to be free from the clutches of any man is less dark in this than many of the operatic performances as it seems to stem from a boredom of the life she has been born into.

The acting is good with some amusing accents typical of this era of film and the dialogue improves as the film progresses. I would recommend anyone interested in seeing an acted version of Carmen to watch this as it is entertaining and inspiring.
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The Loves of Carmen is based upon the hugely successful 1875 opera Carmen by Georges Bizet. This film version places Rita Hayworth into the title role, as the wild, unpredictable and irresistible gypsy Carmen. The plot is set in historical Spain, with a strong military presence and bands of lawless roving gypsies, accompanied by a soundtrack from master composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (whose many Hollywood pupils included John Williams, Henry Mancini and Jerry Goldsmith). Glenn Ford plays the soldier who abandons his career and destroys his life in pursuit of Carmen's love, only to realise too late his folly.

Back in 1875 this was a genre-changing revelation in emotional betrayal. Although the storyline may now seem achingly familiar, it's still got the ability to pack a punch when done well. Here, Hayworth is mesmerising and fully convincing in her role. Ford was one of those ever-reliables who never quite reached the upper-echelons of superstardom, but was always a contender - his soldier is educated aristocracy with no real worldliness, and he does a good job in portraying that. There are some nice flamenco dance scenes, brawls and sword fights, some good bandit chases and plenty of dialogue and close-ups. It looks like it was probably all filmed on the studio back lot, rather than any locations, but doesn't suffer for that. Enjoyable.
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