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Carmen (2008)

Paz Vega , Leonardo Sbaraglia , Vicente Aranda  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paz Vega, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Antonio Dechent, Joan Crosas, Jay Benedict
  • Directors: Vicente Aranda
  • Writers: Vicente Aranda, Joaquim Jordà, Prosper Mérimée
  • Producers: Ana Vila, Bill Chamberlain, Graham Bradstreet, Juan Alexander
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019K4YT8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,850 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Carmen" on IMDb

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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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48 of 49 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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81 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original 'Carmen' Realized September 6, 2008
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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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Carmen w/o the music w the Sex! November 3, 2008
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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Should read "based on Mérimeé's short story" August 26, 2008
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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7 of 7 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! April 20, 2009
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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4 of 4 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great film by Paz Vega.
Published 8 days ago by Kenneth Keys
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was a great movie
Published 18 days ago by michael shearin
5.0 out of 5 stars The reason I rated this DVD, Carmen, 5 ...
The reason I rated this DVD, Carmen, 5 stars, was not for the story, it is well known to most, especially Opera Lovers, but for the photography and the sets. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ole Carl
5.0 out of 5 stars See the original Carmen
This version of Carmen is based on the original story and not upon the opera. So no opera. This Carmen is a "man-eater" as the expression goes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Old Timer
5.0 out of 5 stars great condition
great condition
Published 1 month ago by Alex Russell
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 2 months ago by george wong
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great service. Great product.
Published 2 months ago by Thames
1.0 out of 5 stars No music, no good
Bizet's opera is indeed wildly popular, and has been at the top of the charts for more than 100 years. The reason for the popularity is not the story, but the music. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Thomas Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved this Move
Great Story ,,,Falling in Love with a Gypsy Woman ,,, It is well acted,,,good story,,,again enough nudity to keep me interested,,,and good quality... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Peter Baker
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 6 months ago by Vaughn G. Hill
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