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U-Carmen

4.7 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • 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:
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    Not Rated
  • 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: #79,398 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "U-Carmen" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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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i love this! i saw this in the theater some years ago and had been searching for the dvd even while i was in south africa and couldnt find it. it is a fabulous innovative rendition of bizet's carmen. everything about this works. the voices are fabulous.
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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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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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This brilliant adaptation weaves Xhosa, a South African language, together with the musical score in ingenious ways. South African dance and culture becomes a part of the story in a clever, careful adaptation that is a pleasure to watch. If you are totally unfamiliar with Carmen, you will still enjoy this film and the stellar performances. If you know Carmen, this film will put a fresh spin on the classic.

Operas have been translated, adapted, and updated in many ways, but it is rare for an opera to be recorded in an African language and set in an African culture. This adaptation gently leads viewers to re-examine their assumptions about opera, language, and art while it pays high respect to South Africa, Khayelitsha township specifically, and Bizet's original. It is well worth buying because you will want to watch it more than once!
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