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U-Carmen


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  • Actors: Zweilungile Sidloyi, Ross Garland, Ruby Mthethwa, Andiswa Kedama, Pauline Malefane
  • Directors: Mark Dornford-May
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: KOCH LORBER FILMS
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2007
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R5NZ46
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,434 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "U-Carmen" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Both brilliantly acted and sung by the internationally acclaimed South African theater company, Dimpho Di Kopane (DDK), U-Carmen is a stunning adaptation of perhaps the world s best-loved opera, Carmen. Re-imagined in the modern world of South African pool halls, bars, courtyards and barracks U-Carmen tells the story of a cigarette factory-worker, Carmen, (Malefane) and her doomed love affair with a police sergeant. As the two grow more emotionally connected, their relationship escalates violently, culminating in a tragic conclusion of revenge and madness.

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I plan to order multiple copies in the future to give out as gifts.
Frankdecavalcante
This brilliant adaptation weaves Xhosa, a South African language, together with the musical score in ingenious ways.
Careful Reader
The music and voices are superb and deserve more exposure; the acting is intense and gripping.
Heidi Kastner

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Charles Hodge on August 20, 2007
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I loved this movie and the acting, my only problem is tha Amazon tells us the movie is in English and it's not. Stop fooling the customers. If fact Amazon needs to change all the other foreign films thay say are in English and are not. Customer beware.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joanne Frances Gladney on February 24, 2008
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If you like the music from the opera Carmen you will love seeing it sung in a contemporary setting! I rarely buy movie DVD's but this one is wonderful!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Bodhiman on February 9, 2010
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If you like the opera "Carmen" you have to like this version of it. It's ingenius . . . sensitive . . . captivating . . . and inspiring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frankdecavalcante on February 28, 2010
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I took a real chance on buying this dvd, but my gambling had a great payoff. This is a much better retelling of the opera Carmen than the more famous Carmen Jones. It combines the classic Bizet story and music with South African locale and customs. Carmen herself is quite a big woman, but she exudes sexual appeal and charm. It is one of the best opera dvds around and for such a bargain price!! I plan to order multiple copies in the future to give out as gifts. Delightful in every respect!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Kastner on March 13, 2013
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A rich, focused production of a woman's story as written by Bizet, set in modern day S.A., the Townships. The music and voices are superb and deserve more exposure; the acting is intense and gripping. Power relationships between men and women are explored and inequalities are revealed. Given S.A.'s difficult and violent culture regarding its women, Bizet's observations at his time still hold today. A wonderful production of an eternal story this side of heaven.
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