Burlesque on Carmen
|Burlesque on Carmen|
|Directed by||Charlie Chaplin|
|Produced by||Jess Robbins
George K. Spoor
|Written by||Prosper Mérimée
|Music by||Robert Israel (Kino video release)|
|Edited by||Charlie Chaplin|
|Distributed by||Essanay Studios|
|December 18, 1915|
Burlesque on Carmen is Charlie Chaplin's thirteenth and last film for Essanay Studios, released in 1915 and then later recut into a different version in 1916. Charlie Chaplin played Darn Hosiery and Edna Purviance played Carmen. Carmen was very popular at this time and two films under this title had already been released in 1915, one by Raoul Walsh where Theda Bara played Carmen and one by Cecil B. DeMille where the part was played by Geraldine Farrar. Chaplin's version is a parody of DeMille's film, following closely its structure and using very similar sets and costumes.
A gypsy seductress is sent to sway a goofy officer to allow a smuggling run.
- Charles Chaplin - Darn Hosiery
- Edna Purviance - Carmen
- Jack Henderson - Lillas Pastia
- Leo White - Morales, Officer of the Guard
- John Rand - Escamillo the Toreador
- May White - Frasquita
- Bud Jamison - Soldier of the Guard
- Lawrence A. Bowes - Gypsy
- Frank J. Coleman - Soldier
- Review, synopsis and link to watch the film "A cinema history". Retrieved 1 June 2014.
The film was released in two reels at the end of 1915 when Chaplin's contract with Essanay Studios was up. The studio added two reels worth of additional non-Chaplin material and re-released the film in 1916.
The film included the song "Carmen" by William McKenna.
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