The Loves of Carmen (1948 film)
|The Loves of Carmen|
|Directed by||Charles Vidor|
|Screenplay by||Helen Deutsch|
by Prosper Mérimée
|Music by||Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Running time||99 min.|
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.
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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.
- Rita Hayworth ... Carmen
- Glenn Ford ... Don José
- Ron Randell ... Andrés
- Victor Jory ... García
- Luther Adler ... Dancaire
- Arnold Moss ... Colonel
- Joseph Buloff ... Remendado
- Margaret Wycherly ... Old Crone
- Bernard Nedell ... Pablo
- John Baragrey ... Lucas
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.