is a 1983 film
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adaptation of the novel Carmen
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by Prosper Mérimée
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, using music from the opera Carmen
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by Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet formally Alexandre César Léopold Bizet, was a French composer, mainly of operas. In a career cut short by his early death, he achieved few successes before his final work, Carmen, became one of the most popular and frequently performed works in the entire opera repertory.During a...
. It was directed and choreographed in the flamenco
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style by Carlos Saura
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. It is the second part of Saura's flamenco trilogy in the 1980s, preceded by Bodas de sangre
and followed by El amor brujo
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The film's basic plot line is that the modern dancers re-enact in their personal lives Bizet's tragic love affair, up to its lethal climax.
- Paco de Lucía
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- Laura del Sol
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- Antonio Gades
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as Pepa Flores
- Cristina Hoyos
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- Juan Antonio Jiménez as Juan
- José Yepes as Pepe Girón
- Sebastián Moreno as Escamillo
- Gómez de Jerez as Singer
- Manolo Sevilla as Singer
- Antonio Solera as Singer
- Manuel Rodríguez as Guitarist
- Lorenzo Virseda as Guitarist
- M. Magdalena as Guest artist
- La Bronce as Guest artist
The film won the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It was entered into the 1983 Cannes Film Festival
- Jury :*William Styron *Henri Alekan *Yvonne Baby *Sergei Bondarchuk *Youssef Chahine *Souleymane Cissé *Gilbert de Goldschmidt *Mariangela Melato *Karel Reisz...
where it won the Technical Grand Prize and the award for Best Artistic Contribution. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
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