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CARMEN

France, 1926 (MIFF 1981, British Film Archive Retrospective)

Director: Jacques Feyder

This is probably the cinema's best version of Carmen, shot on location in raw, rocky Spanish settings and exuding a hot-house atmosphere of sexual passion and repression which stems more from Merimee's original than from Bizet's opera. Feyder gives it a real tragic flow, culminating in an extraordinary death scene; the bullring episodes have a sweaty authenticity; and the camerawork is very free and mobile. Flaquel Meller makes a glowering, fate-obsessed Carmen with Louis Lerch as a more stolid Don Jose.

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JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK

UK, 1930
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USA, 1943
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THE PHANTOM OF THE MOULIN ROUGE

France, 1924
Le Fantorne du Moulin Rouge was notable for the various uses Clair made of the cameras resources, sometimes “giving objects a three-dimensional effect by moving round them" (J. Bourgeois). The stor… More »

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