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Carmen Jones (U) - Curve Films Spring 2017 Programme
Wed 15 February 2017, 19:45 – 22:30 GMT
Wednesday 15th February 2017
Carmen Jones (U)
Dir: Otto Preminger (104m)
In the perfect mix of opera and sexuality, Dorothy Dandridge (Porgy & Bess) heads up the all-black cast in Otto Preminger’s wartime update of Bizet’s opera Carmen by way of Oscar Hammerstein II. Dandridge smoulders in the title role as the temptress who lures handsome GI Joe (Harry Belafonte) from his fiancée Cindy Lou (Olga James), in the first Oscar-nominated performance by an African-American woman. Joe, an obedient corporal is all ready to go to flight school and marry his sweetheart until Carmen enters the picture with disastrous consequences. Preminger took a major risk in pursuing this film in the culturally conservative 1950s, but it paid off, becoming an instant box office hit and propelling Dandridge into stardom.