Sign In  |  Shopping Cart Shopping Cart  |  RSS Subscribe to RSS Feed  
Spirituality & Practice
Search This Site
Loading
Find Us On
Follow Me on Pinterest
DonateNow
Sign Up
Conscious Aging Alliance
Conscious Aging Alliance Events
Search Reviews
Title:

Director
First Name:

Director
Last Name:

Keywords:

Medium:
Practice:

Tradition:
About the Database

Search our database of more than 4,500 film reviews. We have been discovering spiritual meanings in movies for nearly four decades.

Film Review

By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

 

Carmen
Directed by Francesco Rosi
Columbia TriStar Home Video 09/84 DVD/VHS Feature Film
Not Rated

This opulent and enthralling screen version of Bizet's celebrated opera is an intoxicating, sensuous experience; it is a film of vibrant motion and flamboyant theatricality. Director Francesco Rosi (Three Brothers) blends colorful visual images of the Spanish landscape and people with the exquisite music of Bizet. Despite three other recent screen adaptations of the opera — Carlos Saura's Carmen, Peter Brook's La Tragedie de Carmen, and Jean Luc Godard's First Name: Carmen — this one is destined to become a classic.

Rosi's Carmen seeks "to create the dynamic of a film taking place in real streets with real situations." He succeeds in this goal admirably from the opening scenes depicting Escamillo's (Ruggero Raimondi) triumph in the arena as a skilled toreador, to the seduction of Don Jose (Placido Domingo) by the fiery Carmen (Julia Migenes-Johnson), to the dramatic finale where the obsessed lover acts on his jealousy over the gypsy's affections for Escamillo.

The director of photography, Pasqualino De Santis, captures the beautiful features and hues of Spain's cities and countryside; choreographer Antonio Gades catches the Andalusian passion in a series of breathtaking folk dances; and the large cast — many of them real gypsies and Spanish townsfolk — convincingly incarnate the spirit of Spain with its religious rituals, military processions, and carefree festivals. The bullfight sequences vividly recreate the taboo death defied by the ritual killing of the bull.

Rosi's flair for direction is evidenced by the strong and authentic acting registered by opera singers Placido Domingo, Julia Migenes-Johnson, and Ruggero Raimondi. Lorin Maazel conducts the Orchestre National de France and Chorus and Children's Chorus of Radio-France. All the vocal performances are top-drawer. The final accolade for Carmen is that even those who are not opera buffs will be swept away by the beauty and passion of this production.

 

Films Now Showing
Recent VHS/DVD Releases

Reviews and database copyright 1970 2012
by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
  Email This Review
Share |
Film Awards
The Most Spiritually Literate Films of:
 
Purchase from: