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Carmen Jones (U)

Dorothy Dandridge steals the show in this musical romance, beautifully shot in CinemaScope.

Based on Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen, the film replaces 19th-century Spaniards with World War II-era African Americans and switches the location to a Southern military base. Dorothy Dandridge steals the show with her electric performance as Carmen Jones, a worker in a wartime parachute factory who falls in love with a soldier called Joe (musician Harry Belafonte).

This beautifully shot film was Twentieth Century Fox’s second venture into CinemaScope. Wonderfully mesmerising and poignant, Carmen Jones holds its own against other movie musicals.

This film is screening as part of Celluloid Saturday and as part of Women in Widescreen.

Introduction

This screening will be introduced by composer Gary Yershon.