If you thought that "Dirty Dancing" brought dancing to its on-screen apex, then wait 'til you see Carlos Saura's "Carmen". Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, this movie depicts a dance instructor prepping his students for a production of Bizet's opera. I should admit that I've never seen a production of "Carmen" itself, although I've seen Otto Preminger's "Carmen Jones", which transferred the story to the southeast US and featured an entirely African-American cast (a bold move for a Hollywood production at the time).
Even having never seen the opera, I gotta admire the passion that these dancers put into their performances. Flamenco is an art unlike any other in the world, and I'd venture to say that this movie shows it at its best, and its most intense. Definitely see it.
While rehearing Bizet's Carmen, the middle-aged choreographer Antonio brings sexy Carmen to perform the lead role. Antonio falls in love with Carmen, an independent, seductive woman incapable of accepting a possessive love. When Carmen has an affair with another dancer, Antonio is consumed by his jealousy like Don José in the original opera, entwining fiction with reality.
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