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Carlos Saura’s CARMEN, starring ANTONIO GADES, LAURA DEL SOL, PACO DE LUCÍA, MARISOL, CRISTINA HOYOS, JUAN ANTONIO JIMÉNEZ, JOSÉ YEPES and SEBASTIÁN MORENO

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A REGION ONE (U.S.A., Canada) DISC, AND IT MAY NOT PLAY IN YOUR NON-U.S.A. DVD UNIT UNLESS IT IS CODED REGION-FREE. IT IS IN THE ORIGINAL SPANISH, WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES. Caveat emptor!

CARMEN, the second in Carlos Saura's flamenco dance trilogy, which also includes BLOOD WEDDING and EL AMOR BRUJO, is staged as an opera within an opera. To counter what many Spaniards feel are the ineffectual clichés and cultural trappings of CARMEN--the fans and knives and the roses between the teeth--Saura and dancer-choreographer Antonio Gades have integrated into the original story a parallel subplot about love, jealousy, and violence in the lives of the dancers performing the ballet. This contemporary love affair between Antonio (Antonio Gades) and Carmen (Laura del Sol) clearly follows the plot of the opera. The entire subplot takes place in rehearsals, and includes a delightful scene of the entire troop spontaneously bursting into a parody of the campy March of the Toreadors. Saura adds scenes that depict the fantasies of the characters, an element that the director uses in many of his films. He blends the emotions of the dancers in their real lives into their dancing in the performance, which brings to life--in a powerful and vivid fashion--the overly familiar characters of Georges Bizet's opera.
As in the opera and in the novella, Carmen in Saura's film is desirable and deadly, the ultimate femme fatale who has to be free above anything else. She can not tolerate the possessive love of any man and would prefer death to submission. There are some 50 movie adaptations of the story and the opera, and as different as they are, they all have in common the only possible tragic end. Saura/Gades' film is unique as one of the most sensual, as well as being beautifully, thrillingly, passionately performed. Gades' choreography is justifiably celebrated, full of life and energy. Highly recommended.

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