I consider it a masterpiece in the fullest sense of the word: one of those rare compositions which seems to reflect most strongly in itself the musical tendencies of a whole generation.”



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CARMEN to CARMEN JONES, 1875 – 1944
In 1943, Oscar Hammerstein Jr. took Georges Bizet's opera Carmen, rewrote the lyrics, changed the characters from 19th century Spaniards to World War II-era African-Americans, switched the locale to a Southern military base, and the result was Carmen Jones. Hammerstein defended his reworking of the opera as an all-black musical by pointing to the Moorish influence on Spanish culture.



CARMEN JONES, 1954
Otto Preminger
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