The Loves of Carmen (1948 film)

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The Loves of Carmen
Directed by Charles Vidor
Produced by Charles Vidor
Rita Hayworth
Screenplay by Helen Deutsch
Based on Carmen
1845 novella 
by Prosper Mérimée
Starring Rita Hayworth
Glenn Ford
Music by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Cinematography William E. Snyder
Edited by Charles Nelson
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • October 23, 1948 (1948-10-23) (United States)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget over $2 million[1]

The Loves of Carmen is a 1948 American Technicolor romantic drama film directed by Charles Vidor. The film stars Rita Hayworth as the gypsy Carmen and Glenn Ford as her doomed lover Don José.

The Loves of Carmen was publicized as a dramatic adaptation of the novella Carmen by Prosper Mérimée and is otherwise unrelated to Georges Bizet's opera Carmen. It is a remake of the 1927 film of the same name, which was directed by Raoul Walsh and stars Dolores del Rio and Victor McLaglen.


Following the plot of the classic opera, "Carmen," this story follows the wild gypsy's adventures as a siren and bandit. Carmen (Rita Hayworth) lures an innocent soldier (Glenn Ford) to his ruin, getting him expelled from the army. He then turns to banditry, killing Carmen's husband (Victor Jory) and others. The drama culminates in an ending with the innocent soldier repenting of his sins and dying.


1927 Film

1917 Film


This was the first film chosen and co-produced by Hayworth's production company, the Beckworth Corporation, which gave her approval over her material and a percentage of the film's profits. As co-producer, Hayworth hired her father, the dancer Eduardo Cansino, to help choreograph the traditional Spanish dances. Also, her uncle José Cansino can be seen as her dance partner in one scene, and her brother Vernon Cansino has a bit part as a soldier.

The musical score of the film was composed by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

See also


  1. Letter from Hollywood By Frank Daugherty Special to The Christian Science Monitor. The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current file) [Boston, Mass] 09 Jan 1948: 4.

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