Carmen makes Joe hide the body, since desertion sounds better than a lengthy sentence. After a few days hiding out in a seedy hotel with no money and no future with Joe, Carmen pays a visit to her two friends, now covered in diamonds and furs, at Husky's training camp. The film had its world premiere at the Rivoli Theatre in New York City on October 28, 1954. Carmen suggests they spend the night at her grandmother's house nearby and continue their journey by train the following day, and that night Joe succumbs to Carmen's advances. After leaving, Cindy Lou expresses to herself how silly it is trying to save a man who not only doesn't love her but has left her for another woman. Joe asks why if she no longer loves him, but she reveals it's because she can't bear to see anyone cooped up. Note: After the intro of the "Gypsy Song", there is a drum solo played by a drummer named Max and as the crowd hears it, they yell, "Go, Max!" Notes of a Native Son, Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, BAFTA Award for Best Film from any Source, Academy Award for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture, 'They've Gotta Have Us': A Brilliant History of Black Cinema, "Complete National Film Registry Listing | Film Registry | National Film Preservation Board | Programs at the Library of Congress | Library of Congress", "5th Berlin International Film Festival: Prize Winners", The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Carmen_Jones_(film)&oldid=982957289, Best Musical or Comedy Picture Golden Globe winners, Films set on the home front during World War II, United States National Film Registry films, Films featuring a title sequence by Saul Bass, Articles with unsourced statements from January 2018, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, "Lift 'Em Up an' Put 'Em Down" – Children's Chorus, "You Talk Jus' Like My Maw" – Joe and Cindy Lou, "You Go For Me" – Carmen (Note: This song is the shortest reprise of "That's Love" in the soundtrack.

Preminger was familiar with Dorothy Dandridge but felt she was incapable of exuding the sultry sex appeal the role of Carmen demanded, particularly after having seen Dandridge's performance as a demure schoolteacher opposite Belafonte in Bright Road (1953). Frankie tells her to give up on Joe because he is nothing but trouble. Preminger had opted to remain in California for the shoot, with El Monte doubling for the Southern exteriors and the Chicago interiors being filmed at the Culver Studios. "[citation needed], The majority of the actors performing the songs in the film Carmen Jones were dubbed.

One night champion prizefighter Husky Miller enters with an entourage and introduces himself to Carmen, who expresses no interest in him. [14] Diahann Carroll auditioned for the title role, but she was so terrified of the director she could barely focus on the scene,[15] and Preminger cast her in the small supporting role of Myrt instead. Tired of being cooped up in a shabby rented room, Carmen gets dressed and leaves under the guise of buying groceries. Carmen then pawns a piece of jewelry so she can buy groceries before returning to the room. Dressed to the nines, Carmen, her friends and Husky's entourage escort Husky to the ring. . Preminger began to assemble his cast. I spent many hours with her. ), "Beat Out Dat Rhythm on a Drum ("Gypsy Song") – Frankie, "Whizzin' Away Along de Track ("Quintet") – Carmen, Frankie, Myrt, Dink, and Rum, "There's a Man I'm Crazy For" – Carmen, Frankie, Mert, Rum, and Dink, "Card Song" – Carmen, Frankie, and Chorus, "He Got His Self Another Woman" – Cindy Lou, This page was last edited on 11 October 2020, at 11:41. While en route, Joe wishes to deliver his prisoner as soon as possible to return to Cindy Lou and his leave. At first, his prospects seem to be looking up, as his connections have put Joe back on track for aviator school. Bizet's opera was, in turn, based on the 1846 novella by Prosper Mérimée.

Oscar Hammerstein II translated the libretto for Georges Bizet's opera Carmen from French into English for his Broadway production. Breen had clashed with Preminger over The Moon Is Blue and still resented the director's success in releasing that film without a seal of approval. 7 pages (OWC script as a stage play) (pdf) Discuss this script Wolves at the Door by Jeremy Storey (Play, Thriller, Drama) - During a winter storm in Seattle, patrons of a neighborhood bar are taken hostage by a pair of desperate bank robbers. The drummer is jazz percussionist Max Roach. Dandridge was featured in Ebony and photographed for the cover of Life and appeared on a live television broadcast on October 24, four days prior to the opening, to sing two songs from the film.[22]. The opera was an adaptation of the 1845 Prosper Mérimée novella Carmen by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy. Angry that she has moved on, he claims he should have killed her.

Even singer Harry Belafonte was dubbed (by LeVern Hutcherson), and Dorothy Dandridge was dubbed by Marilyn Horne (long before Horne became a well-known opera singer). It was, however, laudable in its desire to showcase the talents of African-American performers who were denied opportunities in Hollywood.

Carmen lays down a guilt trip, however, protesting that a long-distance relationship, with Joe 400 miles (640 km) away at school, just isn't what she had in mind. Carmen Jones was released in October 1954, exactly one year and one month after Fox's first CinemaScope venture, the Biblical epic The Robe, had opened in theatres. RCA reissued the album on compact disc in the late 1980s. Naturally, she wants Joe, who's engaged to sweet Cindy Lou and about to go into pilot training for the Korean War. Harry Kleiner was nominated for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Musical. The director was impressed enough to schedule a screen test for mid-May, after Dandridge completed a singing engagement in St. Louis. Voila! Because of a technicality in French copyright laws on order of the estate of composer Georges Bizet (who wrote the opera on which the film was based), the film was banned in France until 1981. The next morning he awakens to find a note in which she says although she loves him, she is unable to deal with time in jail and is running away.

The film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. As if this weren't enough, there also was the 'small' detail of casting the show only with African-Americans...many of the show's songs retain a surprising impact.

Set during World War II, the story focuses on Carmen Jones, a "shameless vixen" who works in a parachute factory in North Carolina.

In a matter of fact manner, she tells him that what they had is over and there is no going back for them. Harry Belafonte, a folk singer who recently had introduced Calypso music to a mainstream audience, had only one film to his credit, but he had just won the Tony Award and Theatre World Award for his performance in John Murray Anderson's Almanac, and Preminger cast him as Joe. Having found work in a Louisiana nightclub, Carmen awaits his release. Joe is hit with a few blows before Carmen helps him get away. The night of Husky's title fight, Joe turns up to try to convince Carmen to come back to him, but when she rejects him, he kills her, thus making the card's prophecy a reality.

Just then, Joe arrives and announces he must report to flying school immediately.

Their army jeep ends up hopelessly stuck in a river.

Carmen Jones is a worker in a Southern state parachute factory.

Angered, Carmen decides to leave with Sgt. Carmen Jones is a 1954 American musical film starring Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte, produced and directed by Otto Preminger.The screenplay by Harry Kleiner is based on the lyrics and book by Oscar Hammerstein II, from the 1943 stage musical of the same name, set to the music of Georges Bizet's 1875 opera Carmen. It is in anamorphic widescreen format with an audio track in English and subtitles in English and Spanish. Carmen Jones is a 1943 Broadway musical with music by Georges Bizet (orchestrated for Broadway by Robert Russell Bennett) and lyrics and book by Oscar Hammerstein II which was performed at The Broadway Theatre.Conceptually, it is Bizet's opera Carmen updated to a World War II-era African-American setting. Parachute maker Carmen Jones makes a play for a "fly boy" Air Force man, Joe, who is in love with sweet Cindy Lou and about to marry her on a day pass when Carmen gets into a fight with another woman. "[28], Variety wrote that Preminger transferred the play from stage to screen "with taste and imagination in an opulent production" and directed "with a deft touch, blending the comedy and tragedy easily and building his scenes to some suspenseful heights. He hired cinematographer Sam Leavitt as director of photography, Herschel Burke Gilbert as musical director, and Herbert Ross as choreographer and began to scout locations. This reputed hussy soon manages to steal Joe away from his fianc?e, and the army as well, and they run off to Chicago together.

Conceptually, it is Bizet's opera Carmen updated to a World War II-era African-American setting.

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The opening title sequence is the first film title sequence created by Saul Bass, and marked the beginning of Bass's long professional relationship with Preminger.

The present consequence is a crazy mixed-up film.

Joe, having been released from the stockade, turns up at the cafe the same evening. Horne later recalled, "Even though I was at that time a very light lyric soprano, I did everything I possibly could to imitate the voice of Dorothy Dandridge. He realizes he is now going to die for committing murder.

Joe grabs Carmen as she is following Husky to his dressing room and pulls her into a storage room, where he begs her to return to him. [1], The original Broadway production starred Muriel Smith (alternating with Muriel Rahn) in the title role.

On seeing Joe Carmen is smitten with him. Carmen Jones is a 1954 American musical film starring Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte, produced and directed by Otto Preminger. She is only looking for a loan, but they try to draw her to give up Joe and "go with the money" by staying with Husky. When she is arrested for fighting with a co-worker who reported her for arriving late for work, the leader of the Army guards, Sgt. [23][24][25] However, it was permitted to open the 1955 Cannes Film Festival, where for the first time Preminger and Dandridge openly flaunted their relationship. He decides to save time by taking his jeep over a road warned unsuitable for motor vehicles that is half the distance to the town where he is taking Carmen. Dandridge complied but later regretted her decision, certain it had been instrumental in starting the slow but steady decline of her career.[26][27].

Carmen Jones was a CinemaScope and DeLuxe Color motion picture that had begun shooting within the first 12 months of Twentieth Century Fox's venture in 1953 to the widescreen format as its main production mode. At his first meeting with Dandridge, Preminger told her she was "lovely" and looked like a "model" or "a beautiful butterfly," but not Carmen,[17] and suggested she audition for the role of Cindy Lou.

[10], On April 14, 1954, six weeks before principal photography was scheduled to begin, Preminger was contacted by Joseph Breen, who was in the final months of his leadership of the office of the Motion Picture Production Code. When she returns not only with a bag of groceries but a new dress and shoes, Joe questions how she paid for them. the essay -- "Carmen Jones: The Dark Is Light Enough," James Baldwin. "[11] Preminger agreed to make some minor adjustments to the script and even filmed two versions of scenes Breen found objectionable, although he included the more controversial ones in the final film. Brown, who also has appeared on the scene, and Joe severely beats him.

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