22 Sep 2018 03:00

CARMEN JONES
Nation: U.S.A.
Directed by Otto Preminger
Main cast: Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge, Pearl Bailey
Year: 1954
Length: 105′
Language: Original English audio version
Version: DCP, international distribution by Park Circus by concession of FOX

Taken from a musical inspired by the Carmen by Bizet, this musical film tells of Carmen Jones, a sensual and passionate femme fatale, who works in a parachute factory. The woman falls in love with Corporal Joe, pushing him to abandon the barracks and his beloved Olga to escape with her to Chicago. But life is hard in Chicago and Carmen becomes the lover of a famous boxer, Husky Miller. Joe’s jealousy leads to the inevitable final tragedy.

Carmen Jones was one of the first films of the 50s with an all-African American cast, as well as one of the first discrete productions specifically aimed at the African-American audience. In the film are exposed behaviors, vices, languages of the black world that may seem stereotyped (the film was shown in preview for approval to NAACP, “National Association for the Advancement of Colored People”), but they are actually the stylization and the simplification typical of the musical films of the period that show us in the film the identity of the African-American popular world.