Carmen (1983 film)

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Carmen by Saura.jpg
Spanish film poster
Directed byCarlos Saura
Written byProsper Mérimée (novel)
Carlos Saura
Antonio Gades
Produced byEmiliano Piedra
StarringAntonio Gades
Laura del Sol
CinematographyTeo Escamilla
Edited byPedro del Rey
Music byPaco de Lucía
Release date
  • 6 May 1983 (1983-05-06)
Running time
102 minutes
Box office$3.1 million (United States and Canada)[1]

Carmen is a 1983 Spanish film adaptation of the novel Carmen by Prosper Mérimée, using music from the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet. It was directed and choreographed in the flamenco style by Carlos Saura and María Pagés. It is the second part of Saura's flamenco trilogy in the 1980s, preceded by Bodas de sangre and followed by El amor brujo.

The film's basic plot line is that the modern dancers re-enact in their personal lives Bizet's tragic love affair, up to its lethal climax.


  • Paco de Lucía as Paco
  • Laura del Sol as Carmen
  • Antonio Gades as Antonio
  • Marisol as Pepa Flores
  • Cristina Hoyos as Cristina
  • Juan Antonio Jiménez as Juan
  • José Yepes as Pepe Girón
  • Sebastián Moreno as Escamillo
  • Gómez de Jerez as Singer
  • Manolo Sevilla as Singer
  • Antonio Solera as Singer
  • Manuel Rodríguez as Guitarist
  • Lorenzo Virseda as Guitarist
  • M. Magdalena as Guest artist
  • La Bronce as Guest artist


The film was the highest-grossing Spanish film in the United States at the time, grossing $3.1 million.[1] It was surpassed by Pedro Almodóvar's Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988).[1] It sold 2,168,737 tickets in Germany and 871,824 in France.[2]


The film won the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It was entered into the 1983 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Technical Grand Prize and the award for Best Artistic Contribution.[3] It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c "Pix from afar: National bests in the U.S.". Variety. January 7, 1991. p. 86.
  2. ^ "Carmen (1983)". (in French). Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Carmen". Archived from the original on 2012-10-01. Retrieved 2009-06-13.
  4. ^ "The 56th Academy Awards (1984) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2013-10-27.

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