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The Loves of Carmen

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 1948
  • Charles Vidor
  • 92 mins
  • PG

Summary

Drama starring Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford. Fiery gypsy girl Carmen Garcia is infamous for the hypnotic effect she has on the men in her life. When army officer Don Jose is sent to arrest Carmen following a street fight, he also succumbs to her charms - with devastating results.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

There's no Bizet here, and hardly much of author Prosper Mérimée's great original either, as the director and stars of the immortal drama Gilda reunite to tell another tale of amour fou beneath blazing skies. Sadly, it doesn't quite gel. Not only is there no darker underside, but the 1940s Technicolor casts a bizarre and garish glow over the proceedings. Glenn Ford, barely out of juvenile leads and a long way from his mature roles in the 1950s, is arguably the most unlikely Don Jose ever: you can't imagine Rita Hayworth's Carmen ever wanting to run her fingers through his brilliantined locks, let alone contemplate what's beneath the costume! Great fun to watch today for all the wrong reasons and Hayworth looks absolutely ravishing, a true glamour queen if ever there was one. Expertly made by Charles Vidor, but trash of a very special kind.

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Credits

Cast

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Carmen GarciaRita Hayworth
Don JoseGlenn Ford
AndresRon Randell
GarciaVictor Jory
DancaireLuther Adler
ColonelArnold Moss
RemendadoJoseph Buloff
Old croneMargaret Wycherly

Crew

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DirectorCharles Vidor

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd
Languages
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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