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CARMEN, February 14 & 15
152 minutes, rated PG, presented in cooperation with Cincinnati Opera
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4 Course Prix Fixe Dinner $30 per person.
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Live Music before the Film
Popular guitarist Richard Goering will perform flamenco and Spanish compositions during dinner at the Carnegie.
Learn more about Richard and his music on Facebook and YouTube.
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"Francesco Rosi's Carmen is special — the definitive screen adaptation — a full-scale, unembarrassed screen-opera, with its recitatives replaced by the bits of spoken dialogue that were heard in the first Paris production, filmed entirely in spectacular Andalusian settings that no opera house could ever hope to reproduce.
~ Vincent Canby, The New York Times
"Carmen is one of those operas ideally suited to the movies, and this version by Francesco Rosi is exciting, involving, and entertaining."
~ Roger Ebert
"Rosi's cinematic rendition is a reminder that Carmen is simply the best musical ever written. Hugely enjoyable for opera buff and non-buff alike."
~ Michael Hoy, Time Out London
About the Film
CARMEN by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
"Even those who are not opera buffs will be swept away by the beauty and passion of this production."
This opulent and enthralling screen version of Bizet's celebrated opera is an intoxicating, sensuous experience; it is a film of vibrant motion and flamboyant theatricality. Director Francesco Rosi (Three Brothers) blends colorful visual images of the Spanish landscape and people with the exquisite music of Bizet. Despite other screen adaptations of the opera — Carlos Saura's Carmen, Peter Brook's La Tragedie de Carmen, and Jean Luc Godard's First Name: Carmen — this one is destined to become a classic.
Rosi's Carmen seeks "to create the dynamic of a film taking place in real streets with real situations." He succeeds in this goal admirably from the opening scenes depicting Escamillo's (Ruggero Raimondi) triumph in the arena as a skilled toreador, to the seduction of Don Jose (Placido Domingo) by the fiery Carmen (Julia Migenes-Johnson), to the dramatic finale where the obsessed lover acts on his jealousy over the gypsy's affections for Escamillo.
The director of photography, Pasqualino De Santis, captures the beautiful features and hues of Spain's cities and countryside; choreographer Antonio Gades catches the Andalusian passion in a series of breathtaking folk dances; and the large cast – many of them real gypsies and Spanish townsfolk – convincingly incarnate the spirit of Spain with its religious rituals, military processions, and carefree festivals. The bullfight sequences vividly recreate the taboo death defied by the ritual killing of the bull.
Rosi's flair for direction is evidenced by the strong and authentic acting registered by opera singers Placido Domingo, Julia Migenes-Johnson, and Ruggero Raimondi. Lorin Maazel conducts the Orchestre National de France and Chorus and Children's Chorus of Radio-France. All the vocal performances are top-drawer. The final accolade for Carmen is that even those who are not opera buffs will be swept away by the beauty and passion of this production.
© Spirituality & Practice, reprinted with permission. Mary Ann and Frederic Broussat write about film, literature and life from a spiritual perspective. Learn more here.
About Cincinnati Opera
This screening of Carmen is presented in cooperation with Cincinnati Opera.
Founded in 1920 and the second oldest opera company in the U.S., Cincinnati Opera presents a thrilling roster of world-class artists and conductors, important company debuts, stunning sets and costumes, and the spectacular Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Today the company is hailed as Cincinnati's "prime summer arts festival" attracting a passionate regional audience as well as opera tourists from throughout the U.S. and Canada. Learn more here: cincinnatiopera.org