The Loves of Carmen (1948 film)

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The Loves of Carmen
Directed by Charles Vidor
Screenplay by Helen Deutsch
Based on Carmen 
by Prosper Mérimée
Starring Rita Hayworth
Glenn Ford
Music by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s)
  • October 23, 1948 (1948-10-23) (United States)
Running time 99 min.
Country United States
Language English

The Loves of Carmen is a 1948 American romantic drama film directed by Charles Vidor. The film stars Rita Hayworth as the gypsy Carmen and Glenn Ford as her doomed lover Don José.

The Loves of Carmen was publicized as a dramatic adaptation of the novella Carmen by Prosper Mérimée and is otherwise unrelated to Georges Bizet's opera Carmen. It is a remake of the 1927 film of the same name, which was directed by Raoul Walsh and stars Dolores del Rio and Victor McLaglen.

Plot[edit]

Following the plot of the classic opera, "Carmen," this story follows the wild gypsy's adventures as a siren and bandit. Carmen (Rita Hayworth) lures an innocent soldier (Glenn Ford) to his ruin, getting him expelled from the army. He then turns to banditry, killing Carmen's husband (Victor Jory) and others. The drama culminates in an ending with the innocent soldier repenting of his sins and dying.

Cast[edit]

1927 Film[edit]

Production[edit]

This was the first film chosen and co-produced by Hayworth's production company, the Beckworth Corporation, which gave her approval over her material and a percentage of the film's profits. As co-producer, Hayworth hired her father, the dancer Eduardo Cansino, to help choreograph the traditional Spanish dances. Also, her uncle José Cansino can be seen as her dance partner in one scene, and her brother Vernon Cansino has a bit part as a soldier.

The musical score of the film was composed by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Other adaptations[edit]

Other cinema versions are realized in the silent film era, in 1917 with Pola Negri, and in 1927 with Dolores del Río.

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