Film Screening + Performance

Thursday, August 04, 2011
Carmen Jones

Part of Opera on Film

Carmen Jones

Date + Time

Thursday, August 04, 2011
7:00 p.m.


Phyllis Wattis Theater


Otto Preminger, 1954, 105 min., 35mm

Preminger's Carmen Jones sticks closely to the original score of Georges Bizet's opera Carmen, though the cast, lyrics, and story are modernized in surprising ways: the events are set in World War II America and the entire cast is African American. Don Jose becomes an all-American GI Joe, played by Harry Belafonte, and Carmen becomes parachute factory worker Carmen Jones, a role that won Dorothy Dandridge a Best Actress Oscar nomination.


Introduction and pre-screening performance by Kalup Linzy

Admission + Ticketing

$10 general; $7 SFMOMA members, students, and seniors. Does not include entry to The Steins Collect.

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Image: Otto Preminger, Carmen Jones (still), 1954; photo: courtesy Columbia Pictures/Photofest.

Print courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Archives.