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Carmen Jones 15

BUY TICKETS  3pm Wednesday 25 July  *Dementia-friendly screening

DIRECTOR Otto Preminger
CAST Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte, Pearl Bailey, Olga James

Dorothy Dandridge is electrifying as Florida factory worker Carmen Jones in this rip-roaring musical version of Bizet’s classic opera Carmen.

Oscar Hammerstein’s rip-roaring musical transposes Bizet’s Carmen to the southern states of America during the Second World War with an all-black cast. Enjoy fabulous tunes including ‘Beat Out the Rhythm on the Drum’ and ‘Dat’s Love’.
(1954 USA 100 mins + interval)
This is a relaxed screening, open to everyone, but particularly welcoming to people living with dementia together with their family, friends and carers. Tickets £5, carers free.

The best reason to revisit Carmen Jones lies in Dorothy Dandridge’s electrifying performance, which saw her become the first African-American to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. In a series of strikingly coloured outfits, she brings a sensual physicality to the role … Belafonte too impresses in conveying how the initially level-headed Joe becomes morbidly jealous of the proudly defiant Carmen, who refuses to conform to society’s expectations of female behaviour.  Tom Dawson, BBC

BBFC advice: Contains mild violence
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