Taglines: a cinematic opera directed by Francesco Rosi.
A film version of the famous Bizet opera, where a soldier (Don Jose) falls in love with a beautiful factory worker (Carmen), but she does not reciprocate his feelings.
Georges Bizet’s 1875 opera about Carmen, the colorful cigarette factory worker whose flirtations with the soldier Don José are forgotten in her love for the matador Escamillo, is the source for director Francesco Rosi’s cinematic version of the same story. Plácido Domingo sings the part of Don José, Julia Migenes-Johnson sings Carmen, and Ruggero Raimondi is Escamillo. Although there is nothing to fault in the singing itself, some viewers may feel that director Rosi has stayed closer to a stage production than the medium of film would warrant. Carmen received the 1984 Cesar award for “Best Sound.”
Carmen (1984) is a film directed by Francesco Rosi. It is a film version of Bizet’s opera Carmen. Julia Migenes stars in the title role, Plácido Domingo as Don José, Ruggero Raimondi as Escamillo, and Faith Esham as Micaela. Lorin Maazel conducts the Orchestre National de France. The film premiered in France on March 14, 1984, and in the U.S. on September 20 of that year. In 1985, the film was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Film.
Directed by: Francesco Rosi
Starring: Julia Migenes, Plácido Domingo, Ruggero Raimondi, Faith Esham, François Le Roux, John-Paul Bogart, Susan Daniel, Lillian Watson, Cristina Hoyos
Screenplay by: Henri Meilhac, Ludovic Halévy
Production Design by: Enrico Job
Cinematography by: Pasqualino De Santis
Film Editing by: Ruggero Mastroianni, Colette Semprún
Costume Design by: Enrico Job
Art Direction by: Gianni Giovagnoni, Pierre-Louis Thévenet
Distributed by: Gaumont (France), Columbia TriStar (United States)
Release Date: March 14, 1984