aka GYPSY BLOOD
The young actor-turned-director Ernst Lubitsch guided the newly signed UFA talent Pola Negri to a smashing success with this screen adaptation of Prosper Mérimée's novella "Carmen" that heavily emphasizes the tale's folkloric elements. "The role of Carmen gave Pola Negri everything she was best at — primarily the chance to be fiery, tempestuous, and passionate and to break through the boundaries of a woman's ordinary life. She plays with enormous energy — a radiant and compelling figure on-screen." –Jeanine Basinger, "Silent Stars." DIR Ernst Lubitsch; SCR Grete Diercks, Norbert Falk, Hanns Kräly, Prosper Mérimée; PROD Paul Davidson. Germany, 1918, b&w, 80 min. NOT RATED
No AFI Member passes accepted.