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.
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Thursday, August 04, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Phyllis Wattis Theater
Introduction and pre-screening performance by Kalup Linzy
Otto Preminger, 1954, 105 min., 35mm
Image: Otto Preminger, Carmen Jones (still), 1954; photo: courtesy Columbia Pictures/Photofest.
Print courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Archives.