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From cigarettes to silk parachutes, from bullfighting to prizefighting -- a must-have! ~
on July 23, 2015
Colorful, powerful and innovative movie musical from 1954 that took Bizet's popular opera "Carmen," set it during the middle of World War II in a parachute factory, made the lead male Joe (Harry Belafonte) a G.I. about to go to flying school, and preseved the tunes and orchestrations with fresh new lyrics. Dorothy Dandridge is simply unbelievable in the title role (one critic described her as the "only actress who could sizzle by standing still"), and a bright cast including Pearl Bailey and a very young Diahann Carroll round out the fun. Produced by Oscar Hammerstein and considered quite daring in its day -- holds considerable entertainment value now. A must for Dandrige fans, and for those who want to explore all facets of Fifties Hollywood musicals.