Carmen Jones screening
Emory Cinematheque presents for Spring 2020
African-Americans in American Film
Carmen Jones (dir. Otto Preminger, 1954; 105 min.)
Bizet’s 1875 opera Carmen is translated into a contemporary story of Carmen Jones (Dorothy Dandridge), a sultry factory worker and Joe (Harry Belafonte) a fearless GI who is engaged to sweet Cindy Lou (Olga James) and has set his sights on flying school. A free-spirit, Carmen sets her sights on Joe, who succumbs to Carmen’s allure and pursues her with a vengeance. Carmen and Joe risk it all to be together going on the lam until Husky Miller (Joe Adams), a flamboyant prize fighter enters the picture. Performing with Brock Peters and Diahann Carroll, Dandridge became the first Black woman nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award for her iconic performance.
Recommended parking: Fishburne Parking Deck and Oxford Road Parking Deck