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Dorothy Dandridge made her career in this one epic work. It is nothing short of transfixing. Seeing her use her charms to turn Harry Belafonte into her slave (what an incredibly lucky SOB!) and then torment him was like nothing I had ever seen before. It is interesting to note that even given the social morays of the time, D.D was so much more erotic in the simple act of putting on her stockings than we see today in a hour of almost total nudity on the screen! I am not sure that there has ever been anyone who burned up the screen any more before or since. Also featured were a young Pearl Bailey and Dianne Carroll.
My only question? Both D.D and H.B were fabulous singers in their own right. I have never understood why their singing parts were dubbed. Nonetheless, the contemporary adaptation of this classic music is wonderful.
are not many movies which I care to see
more than once. My interest span is not that great.
However, I could watch "Carmen Jones" everyday.
Apart from all its political and social notoriety,
"Carmen Jones" is a great film on any level. Yes,
we've all heard about Dandridge's groundbreaking
success and the racial progress that she incurred
with this film. However, even if you were not aware
of this, the movie still stands as a remarkable product
of Otto Preminger's mastery.
Yes, it's slow in some places, and you
find yourself going through withdrawal,
just waiting for the next glimpse of the
stunning Dandridge. However, this movie delivers
with a flavorful punch. Without a doubt, it lives up to
it's hype and beyond. Good story line, beautiful
leading actors (Belafonte/Dandridge, a match made
in movie heaven), fun music, and an entertaining
interpretation of the original opera.
This is a great movie for everyone.
PS: just a little information here.
People often wonder why two professional singers (Belafonte/Dandridge) would have their voices dubbed in the movie. Well, first of all, Dandridge was a pop/night club performer and it is highly unlikely that she had the vocal range nor the appropriate voice ability to tackle the classic mezzo-soprano role. Likewise, with Belafonte, who was also a pop singer. However, I do suspect that he could have vocally pulled off the tenor role. Perhaps, it was a question of taste by the producers. Diahann Caroll is also dubbed. Pearl Baily, however, is not dubbed.(????????)What's that all about?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I prayed this film was on DVD and it is. I had to upgrade my VHS collection and I thought this might be a hard find.Published 3 days ago by Patricia A Pastuszek
The presentation was exceptional, and the actors were superb! It's hard to believe this show was cast over 60 years ago.Published 14 days ago by Gwendolyn L. Hester
Great quality, no problems with playing, and arrived on time if not sooner! The movie itself is a classic, you gotta see it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rebekah
I loved this movie Harry Belafonte is at his best get this movie if you like musicals!Published 4 months ago by BB!
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