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Carmen (2008)

Paz Vega , Leonardo Sbaraglia , Vicente Aranda  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paz Vega, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Antonio Dechent, Joan Crosas, Jay Benedict
  • Directors: Vicente Aranda
  • Writers: Vicente Aranda, Joaquim Jord, Prosper Mrime
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: August 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019K4YT8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,461 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Carmen" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Paz Vega, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Antonio Dechent. Bizet's timeless opera takes shape and form with the fiery gypsy woman Carmen, who uses her charms to seduce a soldier in this award-winning theatrical film with Vicente Aranda directing. 2003/color/119 min/NR.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Steamy and dramatic October 24, 2008
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Paz Vega creates the steamiest Carmen ever in this gorgeous period drama. She brings the character to life. This isn't Bizet's Carmen, though. This one takes impulsiveness and fiery temper to extremes, and combines that volatile mix with a personality that seems to interact with others only to manipulate them. Then, with raw sensuality as her lure and reward, she brings out the same in men, not just poor José.

The settings come to life almost as much as the characters - that cavernous cigar factory at the start, the cities of nineteenth century Spain (but much older), and the rocky, raw wilds ruled by bandits. Award-winning costumes help too, including gaudy soldier's uniforms, and elaborate recreations of women's clothes, down to humble details like drawers.

Don't expect to like these characters. José's military honor implodes, leaving a shell of murderous jealousy. Carmen herself - kissing a viper seems safer. Not even the lush promise of her body makes that look like such a good deal. Nice people don't make good drama, and these are very dramatic. Recommended, but not for the skin-shy.

-- wiredweird
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80 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original 'Carmen' Realized September 6, 2008
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Even for the non-opera loving public the name CARMEN is immediately recognized as an opera by Bizet about a gypsy girl whose capricious loves destroy men. But as much as the opera is now considered a staple in every opera house repertoire, the real story of the wild gypsy lass as created by Prosper Mérimée in 1845 has never been told as well as in this cinematic version by the abundantly gifted Spanish director Vicente Aranda ('Juana la Loca AKA Mad Love','Amantes', 'If they tell you I fell', etc.). Incorporating the author of the novel as a main character seeking the story of Carmen from one of her lovers - José - provides just the right vantage for the story of this famous gypsy wild lady to be told.

Carmen (the amazingly beautiful and talented Paz Vega) works in a cigar factory in Seville, a factory adjoining the military station where the very proper José (Leonardo Sbaraglia) is stationed. Carmen is tempestuous and in a fight instigated by a fellow factory worker bringing attention to the fact that Carmen is a gypsy, Carmen murders the co-worker and is arrested. José is physically attracted to the voluptuous Carmen and when Carmen flirts with him he consents to allow her to escape - his payback is the promise for a night of passion with Carmen. Carmen keeps her pact, providing José with his first sexual encounter, and José is doomed. His lack of military discipline results in his losing his rank and being imprisoned for a while, but at his release José encounters Carmen again, kills a fellow officer, and in fear runs off to the hills to live with the smugglers and gypsies that are Carmen's people.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Carmen w/o the music w the Sex! November 3, 2008
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This film is an adaptation of the original story that the opera Carmen was based on. It has a great look ( very Goya in it's landscapes ) and it has an actress, Paz Vega, who is quite believeable as a woman who could make most fellows stray off the straight and narrow!!!
Well worth a look!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Should read "based on Mérimeé's short story" August 26, 2008
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This film is an almost line-by-line retelling of Prosper Mérimée's short story Carmen, which, decades later, became the source of Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy's libretto for Bizet's opera. The American DVD edition cover dutifully dumbs this down for our consumption: "based on Bizet's wildly popular opera".

So much for ignorant marketing! At least, we get an anamorphic transfer -the Spanish edition is woefully letterboxed!

Superb photography, beautiful actual locations, and Ms Vega, who is not at all shy about performing head-to-toe, full frontally and rearly **clothed** in more than one scene!

What an eyeful!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars yet another masterpiece by Vicente Aranda January 7, 2010
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i had to buy it after seeing it, i knew it would be a great movie since i had previously seen LOVERS & MAD LOVE both by Vicente Aranda, all beautifully presented with very well acted scenes and excellent taste music spots and of course Aranda's always honest and interesting style that shows historical movies without hypocrisy, that's why i also bought THE BORGIAS and would buy all of Aranda's movies.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! April 20, 2009
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I've never got to see Carmen on stage, but I always heard is a wonderful opera. I saw this movie and I bought it right away no questions asked. I just loved it. It was a very passionate movie and I just loved the fact that it was all in Spanish. BRAVO!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carmen in novelistic treatment November 4, 2011
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This is an extremely lush period piece, set in the early 1800's, that is modeled on the original novel that served as the basis for Bizet's opera. A Franco-British travel writer meets a strange bandit Spain, a seeming man of honor who shows mercy and a civilized intelligence, promising the writer that he will tell him his story if they meet again. This leads to one of those wonderful improbable adventures that is perfect for a film.

Assuming that the reader would know Carmen's story, I will not attempt to avoid ***spoilers***. The thief, it turns out, was a serious young enlisted man in the Spanish Army, an inexperienced naif. In the adjacent cigar factory, Carmen disfigures a woman in a brawl and the soldier allows her to escape. This leads to his humiliation, their passionate involvement, and his descent into a hell of dishonor, suicidal jealously, and murder. The writer meets the man again in the city, and when he is incarcerated, he agrees to tell his story.

The acting is absolutely superb. Vega is perfect as Carmen, a creature of sensuality, manipulation, and lack of human emotion. She is a destructive force that the young soldier cannot resist, even as he recognizes what she is. The soldier himself is completely convincing as the fool who cannot stop himself and would do it all over again.

This is so believable it is agonizing to watch. Recommended with enthusiasm.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Carmen
Very beautiful orchestrated movie. It was very erotic and sensual. This movie should be seen by all men. The lead character of the movie was a very sensual and sexual lady. Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Vaughn G. Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great love story.
I love Paz Vega, to me she is one of the most beautiful and talented actresses from Spain. Love her in this movie.
Published 2 months ago by RAY RIVERON
5.0 out of 5 stars Paz Vega!
The reason I bought this movie was to see Paz Vega....one of the sexiest people on earth! Besides her God given beauty, she is a very talented actress (check out Sex and Lucia &... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rafael Andrade
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie but the quality of the streaming video was horrible
The movie is absolutely fantastic. Great story, great acting and a very real message.

I have watched lots of movies from Netflix and their automatic streaming HD gives... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Heart A.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Paz Vega as Carmen delivers! Movie set is perfect and scenes take you back to time of chivalry and Honor,

Movie does have subtitles in English and Spanish, you will... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tony Porras
4.0 out of 5 stars Carmen (spanish movie)
I was trying to watch this movie for a long time and I found it in Amazon. It is a good Spanish movie.
Published 12 months ago by Patty Aldave
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
It was a wonderful Movie ,Loved Paz Vega and her performance was excellent.. Lots of action and Passion. I highly recommend this Movie.
Published 12 months ago by Angel Rosa
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Every Penny
I don't usually go for the subtitled movies, but this one was well worth the time and money. The star was absolutely gorgeous and the story had my attention from the start.
Published 13 months ago by RII
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
A very simple premise, a woman using all the gifts that GOD gave her to maneuver through the world she lives in. I don't remember when such a plot was so elegantly portrayed. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Big Sarge
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Movie.
Simply put, this is an amazing movie. It tells the familiar "Carmen" story but from a different perspective and, of course, Paz Vega is stunning in the lead role.
Published 13 months ago by Don Williams
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