CARMEN is a 1983 Spanish musical film written and directed by Carlos Saura and the final part of Saura’s Flamenco trilogy.
Art imitates art in the Bafta-winning film, which stars Antonio Gades as Antonio, a choreographer looking for someone to play the lead in his new dance work, based on Georges Bizet’s opera of Prosper Mérimée’s story.
He spots a young dancer named Carmen whose skills are unrefined but her wildcard spirit is just right for the operatic gypsy heroine who inspires lust and jealousy in a soldier. As Carmen is put through the paces of rehearsal, Antonio falls in love with her. But their affair begins to crack as Carmen’s true character is slowly discovered and Antonio questions her loyalty.