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177 Ratings

Carmen Jones

Directed by Otto Preminger
United States, 1954
Drama, Musical, Romance


Contemporary version of the Bizet opera, with new lyrics and an African-American cast…

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Carmen Jones Directed by Otto Preminger

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1955 | Winner: Bronze Berlin Bear

Academy Awards

1955 | 2 nominations including: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Locarno International Film Festival

1955 | Winner: Prize of the Jury International de la Critique

Critics reviews

This central divide within African-American culture… gives Carmen Jones a force and fascination that have little, if anything, to do with Bizet’s music or Belafonte’s pecs. Although it fails as a musical, Carmen Jones is one of the defining film melodramas of the 50s. The tension between freedom and conformity, between social acceptability and erotic desire, is mapped out as poignantly here as in any of the films of Douglas Sirk.
March 17, 2013
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It is another technically inspired, psychologically acute, and ultimately bewildering film from this notoriously contradiction-loving filmmaker—no less majestic to behold as it is to contemplate.
September 10, 2010
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