Xhosa View all editions and formats Summary: Similar Items Related Subjects: The singing is sublime, the acting dramatic and filled with energy and enthusiasm. Director Dornford-May played on his experience as a theater director for some real strengths in this movie — I liked the way he stuck to the Greek theatrical convention of bloodshed happening offstage throughout the film without shirking from the sense of violence underpinning both the original opera and this new setting. Setting the story in contemporary townships of South Africa is okay, but the actors should have sung in French, period. You have to assume a Xhosa audience will see a lot a European would miss. Not only does this movie faithfully tell the story of Carmen, it does so in Xhosa, making the production even more impressive, appealing and effective. The only problem I have is that I will never be able to see Carmen, the opera, in the traditional way again.
But changing the opera’s military aspect to cops is utterly stupid. I was willing to go along with an all-Black cast -no Voortrekkers need apply. Carmen lures him to work with an expatriate, who is the son of a slain anti apartheid legend. Further, the movie itself is packed with action and drama, all of which is set in a South African township which adds immeasurably to the movie’s strength. Some see opera as a rather distant and high-brow entertainment. Can anyone imagine the immortal Georges Bizet opera “Carmen” relocated to another continent? It is gorgeous – the colors, the acting, the music and the storyline of course. The film belongs to the lead actress Pauline Melafane who exudes sensuality, without having to take off her clothes and is the epitome of the opening line:
This is such a joyous movie. To all the revisionists who found this version superior to Saura’s classic flamenco interpretation, what have you been smoking? To add that she is physically ill-suited for the role would be piling on, but I felt that way too.
Rosi and Suara need to take a back seat! New comments Popular comments. This was a major film at the just concluded Dubai International Film Festival. I think it’s a victory for the human experience to discover that boundaries are artificial and should be disposed of. The modern south African set up of “Carmen” does not spoil one bit the thrill of this all times love story. The E-mail Address es you entered is are not in a valid format. Can anyone imagine the immortal Georges Bizet opera “Carmen” relocated to another continent?
The subgitles belongs to the lead actress Pauline Melafane who exudes ekhayelitsua, without having to take off her clothes and is the epitome of the opening line: An early montage sequence, i-carmen to Bizet’s grandiose music, introduces us to the thriving Khayelistha township community inhabited by the characters.
Bizet would have been proud. Please re-enter recipient e-mail address ekhayelutsha. Cancel Forgot your password? Carmen displayed almost no interest in Jongikhaya, or indeed in the ‘Escamillo’ character here a singer rather than a bullfighter or a boxer.
Xhosa View all editions and formats. Please enter recipient e-mail address es. The characters feel real in the context where they are situated, giving the film a great feeling for what unfolds on screen.
In Xhosa with English subtitles. Black Carmen walked off with the golden bear at Berlin but, strangely, possibly because there was no promotion budget, did not get much further than Berlin. She is able to blend tragedy and cocky image of a college going student forget that she is playing an illiterate shantytown dweller! I was frankly shocked to watch the mainly overweight this is of course a plus-size Carmen protagonists shuffling along in what purported to be the dance numbers.
But what is really important is that they can not only sing, and dance African stylebut they can also act!
U Carmen eKhayelitsha () subtitles
JuguAbraham 17 December Your list has reached the maximum number of items. The art of adaptation is difficult, yet there are many fans out there who go beyond giving the benefit of the doubt and actually embrace any old mindless desecration of a great text. South Africa — Cape U-carmsn. U-Carmen e-Khayelitsha is a departure from the usual movie story-telling. Your request to send this item has been completed.
A must see for all opera lovers and not only. I’d recommend it to anybody who loves music, enjoys a spectacle or is interested in South Africa – well, Cape Town, or a part of Cape Town, at any rate! There is no question that this movie would resonate with an American audience. Movie Review Query Engine. Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours.
This work was staged in South Africa and then made into this film. One shot of an actress singing while a guy’s crotch framed her randomly in the background was enough for me to tune out visually. You may have already requested this item. Find out more about page archiving. The knowledge that he was responsible for his own brother’s death and that he was expected by his mother to wed his sibling’s widow ensures an even greater charge to his chemistry with the sensual and proudly independent Carmen: Remember me on this computer.
The entire setting of this South African Carmen is in the gritty township, a fancy name for a slum, which calls for certain modifications.
On the plus side this film gives an inside view of shanty town South Africa, always feeling authentic, the film was clearly made by people who understand the culture. The camera-work and mise en scene also suffered badly in comparison to the grace and originality of Preminger’s movie. Another encouraging element is the sense of community that this movie is exhaling without romanticizing the life of the poor; they’re proud of their community, they’re proud of their traditions and they love to show it although no animals were harmed.
U-Carmen eKhayelitsha subtitles
suhtitles OK, sex is more of a private matter in Africa and public displays of affection are more subdued, but there was no discernible chemistry at all here. This black Carmen is a light year beyond the light brown “Carmen Jones” of which starred Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge and seemed so saucy and racy at the time.
Allow this favorite library to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private. Director Dornford-May played on his experience as a theater director for some real ekhqyelitsha in this movie — I liked the way he stuck to the Greek theatrical convention of bloodshed happening offstage throughout the ekhayelitxha without shirking from the sense of violence underpinning both the original opera and this new setting.
Why doesn’t she escape at the last moment? I saw it in London shortly after it was released. With the trained opera singer Malefane excelling in the musical passages, this, together with the recently released Tsotsi suggests a resurgence in South African cinema.