Movie Picks | Carmen Jones (1954) | “You go for me, and I’m taboo. But if you’re hard to get I go for you.”

Dorothy Dandridge in Carmen Jones

When femme fatale Carmen Jones (Dorothy Dandridge) sets her attentions on handsome soldier Joe (Harry Belafonte), the two find themselves embroiled in a drama of obsessive love and passion. The film was inspired by classical composer George Bizet’s sultry opera Carmen and features an all-black cast. In 1954. Dorothy Dandridge made history when she became the first black actress to receive a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her role as Carmen Jones. I love this movie, because it showcases black people on film looking beautiful and glamorous during an era when such portrayals were not that frequent. In addition to the lovely Dorothy Dandridge, the film also features two other favorites of mine, Pearl Bailey and Diahann Carroll.

Directed by Otto Preminger Screenplay by Harry Kleiner (based on a 1943 libretto by Oscar Hammerstein II) Produced by Otto Preminger Released by 20th Century Fox

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