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Hammerstein's word magic,
This review is from: Carmen Jones  [DVD] (DVD)
For me the chief delight of the movie is what Oscar Hammerstein achieved with his libretto. He hears English speech rhythms in Bizet's music and finds appropriate speech for the story. Cindy Lou's 'My Joe' is a miracle of turning ordinariness into poetry.
Listening to 'Beat out that rhythm on a drum', I wondered what the original French words were and put on a recording of the opera. Guess what? 'La, la, la, la-la-la-la, la'.