Given that Prosper Merimee and Georges Bizet (with his librettists Meilhac and Halevy) introduced the determine of the Spanish Carmen to prominence within the 19th century an marvelous 80 or so movie models of the tale were made. This number of essays gathers jointly a different physique of scholarly critique occupied with that Carmen narrative in movie. It covers the phenomenon from a couple of elements: cultural reports, gender reports, experiences in race and illustration, musicology, movie background, and the historical past of functionality. The essays take us from the times of silent movie to twenty-first century hip-hop variety, exhibiting, via a number of theoretical and historic views that, regardless of social and cultural transformations-particularly by way of gender, sexuality and race-remarkably little has replaced by way of simple human wishes and anxieties, no less than as they're represented during this physique of movies. The perception of Carmen's self sustaining sexuality as a resource of risk either to males (and sometimes ladies) and to good society has been a continuing. Nor has sexual and ethnic otherness misplaced its attraction. however, the corpus of Carmen movies is greater than an easy recycling of stereotypes and every engages newly with the social and cultural problems with their time.
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