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October 4, 2019

Beautiful Photos of Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte in “Carmen Jones” (1954)

Carmen Jones is a 1954 American musical film starring Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte. The screenplay by Harry Kleiner is based on the lyrics and book by Oscar Hammerstein II, from the 1943 stage musical of the same name, set to the music of Georges Bizet's 1875 opera Carmen. The opera was an adaptation of the 1845 Prosper Mérimée novella Carmen by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy.

Carmen Jones was a CinemaScope motion picture that had begun shooting within the first 12 months of Twentieth Century Fox's venture in 1953 to CinemaScope Technicolor as its main production mode. It was released in October 1954, exactly one year and one month after Fox's first CinemaScope venture, the Biblical epic The Robe, had opened in theatres.

In 1992, Carmen Jones was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

These beautiful photos captured portraits of Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte during filming Carmen Jones in 1954.


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