'Carmen', a novella written by French writer Prosper Mérimée, was first published in 1845. It tells the story of Don José, a dragoon officer in Sevilla, who lets escape a fiery gypsy called Carmen, who had been arrested after a violent brawl with one of her tobacco factory’s colleagues. As a result, he is imprisoned and demoted. After his release, he falls madly in love with her and he ends up joining her outlaw band. All ends in tragedy as José, mad with jealousy, kills the hot-blooded and elusive Carmen...........There have been many film versions of Carmen from about 1906 to the present day, based either on Mérimée’s novella or on Bizet’s opera, or a combination of both. Here is a selection of nine film Carmens.
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