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Carmen Jones (VOSTF)
Main screening room
July 18th, 2021
105 min

Our summer cycle will be festive or not. Sound and image, song and dance, instrument and breathing, strings and gestures: so many possible combinations to express what cinema and music can achieve and express together. Musicals, concert films, catchy music. Jazz, classical, contemporary, disco, punk... Revolt and enchantment, distress and emphasis, joy and rhythm, melancholy and bass, laughter and stridency: diverse expressions characterizing cinema and music's historical alliance, will definitely make us fly, dream, dance!

From the 30's to the present day and across all possible genres, this cycle aims to open our minds at a time when we most need it. The first week of July will be an eventful one, as the cycle will open with several evenings in cabaret mode, where we will present for the first time concert films produced in Quebec during the confinement, with the participation of major artists of the current music scene: Klô Pelgag, Marie Davidson and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

Carmen Jones
Directed by
Otto Preminger
English with French subtitles
Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte, Pearl Bailey, Diahann Carroll
105 min
Drama, musical

At an all-black army camp, civilian parachute maker and "hot bundle" Carmen Jones is desired by many of the men. Naturally, she wants Joe, who's engaged to sweet Cindy Lou and about to go into pilot training for the Korean War. Going after him, she succeeds only in getting him into the stockade. While she awaits his release, trouble approaches for both of them. Songs from the Bizet opera with modernized lyrics.

Carmen Jones

Otto Preminger

Otto Ludwig Preminger was an Austro-Hungarian-born theatre and film director. He directed more than 35 feature films in a five-decade career after leaving the theatre. He first gained attention for film noir mysteries, while in the 1950s and 1960s, he directed high-profile adaptations of popular novels and stage works. Several of these later films pushed the boundaries of censorship by dealing with themes which were then taboo in Hollywood. He was twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director. He also had several acting roles. Wikipedia


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« Carmen », célèbre opéra que Gorges Bizet avait composé d’après la nouvelle de Prosper Mérimée, n’a pas cessé de fasciner : en 1943, il est adapté à Broadway en comédie musicale afro-américaine contemporaine par Oscar Hammerstein II sur une musique arrangée par Robert Russell Bennett. À son tour, et c’est donc un quatrième niveau d’adaptation de la nouvelle, Otto Preminger réalise Carmen Jones, en 1954...

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