Carmen, the fictitious story of a Spanish Gypsy, was written by Prosper Mérimée in 1846 after he visited a Spanish cigarette factory, and it was turned into an opera by Georges Bizet in 1875. It is said that Mérimée wrote the story in just eight days. The story of a love triangle (or quadrilateral, if we count Carmen's husband) has been filmed by, among others, Jean-Luc Godard, Cecil B. De Mille, Francesco Rosi, and Carlos Saura. It has recently been turned into a flamenco opera by Antonio Gades and an ice-show - the latter with a sequence of Irish step-dancing on skates that has no parallel in the original story or opera. It was adapted as the musical Carmen Jones-with a black cast-in 1943 (and later filmed). James Robinson produced a play in 1997 at the Court Theater in Chicago based on the original novel with moderate success. In 2004 South African film director Mark Dornford-May set the story in a shantytown with the libretto delivered in the Xhosa language (U-Carmen Ekhayelitsha). The story carries the essentially misogynistic message that female sexual liberation is ultimately punishable by death, but this has not served to diminish its enduring appeal.

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  • Carmen — is a French opéra comique by Georges Bizet. The libretto is by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on the novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée, first published in 1845, [The novella was first published in 1845 in serial form in La… …   Wikipedia

  • Carmen — ist ein weiblicher Vorname und ein Familienname. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Namensbedeutung 2 Namenstag 3 Varianten 4 Bekannte Namensträger …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Carmen 63 — (Carmen di trastevere) est un film italien de Carmine Gallone sorti en 1963. Sommaire 1 Synopsis 2 Fiche technique 3 Distribution 4 Lien externe …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Carmen — f Spanish form of CARMEL (SEE Carmel), altered by folk etymology to the form of the Latin word carmen song. It is now sometimes found as a given name in the English speaking world, in spite of, or perhaps because of, its association with the… …   First names dictionary

  • CARMEN — pro incantatione, apud Iustinianum, §. 5. Institut. de Public. Fud. Virg. l. 4. Aen. v. 487. Haec se carminibus promittit solvere mentes. Unde Carmina dira, in l. 7. Cod. Theodos. de Paganis; Vindicianus Med. Gramine seu malis aegro praestare… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Carmen — Carmen, OK U.S. town in Oklahoma Population (2000): 411 Housing Units (2000): 248 Land area (2000): 1.510809 sq. miles (3.912978 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.510809 sq. miles (3.912978 sq.… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Carmen, OK — U.S. town in Oklahoma Population (2000): 411 Housing Units (2000): 248 Land area (2000): 1.510809 sq. miles (3.912978 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.510809 sq. miles (3.912978 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Carmen — (Ля Карлота,Испания) Категория отеля: 3 звездочный отель Адрес: Avenida Carlos III, 137, 14100 Ля Карлота …   Каталог отелей

  • Carmen — French opera by Georges Bizet, premiered in Paris, March 3, 1875. As a proper name, it can represent (esp. in It. and Sp.) a dim. of Carmel/Carmelo or L. carmen song, poem, incantation, oracle (see CHARM (Cf. charm)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • carmen — sustantivo masculino 1. En la iglesia católica, orden regular de religiosos mendicantes fundada en el siglo XIII: La orden del Carmen está en muchas ciudades españolas. 2. Uso/registro: restringido. Casa de campo que tiene huerto o jardín: La… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

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