Nat'l Silent Movie Day: THE LOVES OF CARMEN (1927)
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After the Mexican actress 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 Alvarado). 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 and the Franco-American Cultural Fund, a unique partnership between the Directors Guild of America (DGA); the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA); Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique (SACEM) and the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW).
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About National Silent Movie Day
National Silent Movie Day is an annual celebration of silent movies, a vastly misunderstood and neglected cinematic art form. This year's inaugural event was founded in the belief that silent motion pictures are a vital, beautiful and often powerful part of film history, with the goal to advocate for their presentation and preservation. For more information, please visit nationalsilentmovieday.org
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