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"Rita Hayworth was never more captivatingly beautiful and sensuous than in "The Loves of Carmen". Fortunately, this lushly restored digital transfer is breathtaking in color and clarity and a fitting medium for Rita's screen presence and the film's fantastic cinematography.The movie, however, is beyond melodramatic and turgid. The dialogue is often hysterical. While Rita (a Latina whose real name was Cansino) is actually pretty impressive as the gypsy Carmen, the otherwise reliable Glenn Ford is hopelessly miscast as the naive Spanish don who falls under her spell.But if you love simply to behold Rita (and I do!), this is the ultimate feast for you. She is beyond stunning in this film."
RITA HAYWORTH GAVE GOOD FACE!!!
Tamra J. Gibson | Los Angeles,CA | 05/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I recently decided to purchase this film on vhs instead of dvd, because I figured there were probably no extras. Needless to say I was extremely delighted at the superb quality of this movie on a used vhs tape!!! Rita was simply magnificent as the wild gypsy Carmen!!! She came alive as the red-haired vixen like no other. The dance scenes alone are worth seeing this passionate film. I agree with another reviewer who felt that Glenn Ford was miscast as the don who falls for the electrifying Carmen, but it's of very little importance because Rita Hayworth completely carries the film. When you have a film starring Rita Hayworth it doesn't matter who her co-star is!!!"
A Terrifically Enjoyable Film!
Auntie Kitten | Norco, CA USA | 03/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have watched this movie again and again, and I can't imagine a better Carmen than Rita Hayworth! Her Carmen is a free spirit, proud, sensual, intelligent, and yet vulnerable too. Glenn Ford may have been slightly miscast as Don Jose, but he and Rita had such a chemistry that they make this film work.
What really sets this film apart, though, is Rita's fantastic dancing! She was raised in the tradition of Spanish dancing from the time she was about 4 years old--she came from a famous family of renowned Spanish dancers--and it's such a pleasure to watch her do what must have come so naturally to her. No other dancer can match her for her sheer gracefulness and passion.
I've only seen the DVD version of this movie, so that's the version I'm recommending. The colors are luscious and the photography is clear and crisp. And the musical score is very moving. This film may very well become one of your favorites, especially if you're a Rita Hayworth fan!"
She Was A Gypsy Woman
Gypsy | Canada | 02/27/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Based on Bizet's tragic Spanish opera, this was Rita Hayworth's first film made by her production company, Beckworth (derived from her screen surname and from the name of her daughter, Rebecca). She decided on her close friend and favorite leading man, Glenn Ford, as Don Jose to her Carmen. The results are far better than some reviews would have you believe.
The glorious, lush Techincolor is fabulous (studio-bound as most of the sets may be), while Hayworth's unforgettable screen presence, dancing and bewitching beauty, and the heat generated between her and Ford makes this movie memorable. The sequence in which she describes what virtues a lover should have (complete with putting her finger to his lips) sparkles with sensual static. Granted, Ford looks stiff and ill at ease in his uniform (after he sheds his soldier garb and dons his "bandit clothing", he appears much more relaxed).
If it is deemed worthy enough to be released as part of the Columbia Classics collection, so should "Affair In Trinidad", another Hayworth/Ford collaboration.
It's just great to look at, flaws aside. If you adore Rita and Glenn, even in a tempestuous, volatile romance, this movie will provide that for you.
Was there ever a more enticing, tempestous gypsy with so many men in her life but only one true and ultimately tragic love?
The Loves of Carmen 1948
John W . Ford | Los Angeles , California . U.S.A | 04/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Rita Heyworth (1918-1987) & Glenn Ford (1916-2006 ) a superb pair in a marvelous story . The movie are full of temprament and passion , nobody could it play better than Rita , this marverlouse women . They are vibrant and volatile as impassioned lovers in this Romantic drama of Desire and revenge . Set in 18th-century Spain , this beautiful gypsy girl and respectable dragoon soldier ignite the screen with a love affair you?ll never forget ! . Do you need a better recommendation ! . Transfer in High resulution with superb shar and clear pictures . Truly Recommended ! Pure Hollywood nostalgic movie"