LOVES OF CARMEN, THE (1927)
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After the Mexican beauty Dolores del Río shot to stardom in Raoul Walsh's 1926 runaway hit WHAT PRICE GLORY, Fox Film quickly cast her as Prosper Mérimée's fiery Spanish gypsy, again under Walsh's direction, in what became Fox's highest-grossing film of 1927. For Walsh and del Río, Carmen is no longer a smoldering femme fatale, but rather a bouncing embodiment of life force and libido, who finds her male counterpart in the bullfighter Escamillo (Victor McLaglen) and her nemesis in the dark romanticism of cavalry officer Don José (Don Alavarado). Despite the film's success, no prints of the domestic version are known to exist. This MoMA restoration was painstakingly reconstructed from an export version preserved by the National Film Archive of the Czech Republic. (Note courtesy of MoMA.) DIR Raoul Walsh; SCR Gertrude Orr, from the novella "Carmen" by Prosper Mérimée; PROD William Fox. U.S., 1927, b&w, 90 min. Silent with English intertitles. NOT RATED
Restored by The Museum of Modern Art and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.
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