Monday, December 05, 2011

Carmen fantasy #MusicMonday Carmen Jones

Another in my biweekly series on adaptations of Carmen.  This scene is from the 1954 film Carmen Jones, which resets the Carmen story in North Carolina during WWII.  Oscar Hammerstein II created a new book for Georges Bizet's music: brilliant.  It's darker than his work with Richard Rodgers.  Here Dorothy Dandridge sings "Dat's Love" (actually dubbed by Marilyn Horne) to the tune of Bizet's Habanera.

The tragic Dorothy Dandridge was the first African-American woman to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her role as Carmen Jones.  Her cause was championed by sister Clevelander Halle Berry.

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