Jan 17th 2020

Carmen Jones
(Otto Preminger, 1954, USA, 35mm, 108 min)

Otto Preminger brought Georges Bizet’s beloved opera blazingly to the modern screen in Carmen Jones, famous for its daring, all-Black cast, its astonishing Cinemascope compositions, and above all for the bewitching star turn by Dorothy Dandridge. Playing the titular temptress, a factory worker who ensnares a hapless GI (Harry Belafonte) in a doomed romance, Dandridge established herself as a major talent, rewriting the possibilities of African American femininity on screen.

Presented in an imported 35mm print from the British Film Institute.


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