VAI DVD 4362, $24.95
Legendary opera star Geraldine Farrar is incandescent as Carmen in this early
adaptation of Mérimée’s tragedy, directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Carmen also
stars Wallace Reid as Don José. This lavishly restored edition was made
from DeMille’s personal print of the film, and color tinted according to
the specifications in the original shooting script.
The soundtrack features a
recreation of Hugo Riesenfeld’s score for the film’s 1915 premiere,
performed by the London Philharmonic and operatic soloists under the direction
of musicologist and conductor Gillian B. Anderson. As a bonus, Farrar is heard
in 1914-1915 Victor recordings of arias from Carmen against a video
montage of stills and scenes
from the movie. 75 minutes, Color Tinted, Stereo.