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|GYPSY BLOOD (aka: CARMEN) (director: Ernst Lubitsch; screenwriters: Grete Diercks/Norbert Falk/Hans Kraly/from the novel Carmen by Prosper Merimee; cinematographer: Alfred Hansen; editor: Ernst Lubitsch; cast: Pola Negri (Carmen), Harry Liedtke (Don Jose Navarro), Leopold von Ledebur (Garcia), Grete Diercke (Dolores), Wilhelm Diegelmann (Prison Guard), Paul Conradi (Don Cairo); Runtime: 80; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Paul Davidson; Grapevine Video; 1918-silent Germany-in German)|
you like the film is in how credible you find
the lead performers."
by Dennis Schwartz
filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch ("Ninotchka"/"Heaven Can
Wait"/"Monte Carlo") directs this far from
sophisticated broad farce. It's based on the novel
Carmen by Prosper Merimee and is written by
Grete Diercks, Norbert
Falk and Hans Kraly. It stars Polish actress Pola
Negri, who forged her name after Italian poet Ada
Negri. Pola moved to Germany during WW One, where
Lubitsch signed her to a contract at UFA. The duo
ended up making 8 films together, with this one
a tragic story of the honorable
cavalryman from the Spanish provinces Don Jose
Navarro (Harry Liedtke), who is engaged
to his childhood sweetheart Dolores (Grete
Diercke). Stationed in Seville, Don Jose comes
under the curse of the cigarette girl, a sexy smuggler
named Carmen (Pola Negri), and though
she treats him with both love and contempt as she
seduces the soldier who casts aside his honor, his
promising career, his family and nice fiancee for the
gypsy's tragic love. It's a classic biblical tale
about a respectable man's downfall to an attractive
but rotten temptress woman like Eve.
much you like the film is in how credible you find the
lead performers. I found both leads unremarkable, but
REVIEWED ON 1/17/2013 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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