As part of Arts Bank Cinema’s American Pride, American Prejudice summer classic film series, we are excited to screen CARMEN JONES, examining feminism and race. This series is curated and hosted by film historian Ashley Cooper, post-screening community discussions follow the films. This screening is free and open to the public, seating is first-come, first-serve. Weather permitting, this screening will be held outdoors.
Dorothy Dandridge, whose vibrant performance resulted in the first Oscar nomination for an African-American actress in a leading role, stars as the beautiful temptress CARMEN JONES. In one of the sexiest performances ever seen on the big screen – she seduces the handsome GI Joe (Harry Belafonte) away from his sweetheart (Olga James), but after she tires of him and takes up with a heavyweight prizefighter (Joe Adams), she only succeeds in triggering Joe’s tragic revenge. With an all-black cast, this Oscar nominated version of Bizet’s opera Carmen features an iconic soundtrack from Oscar Hammerstein, including songs such as ‘Beat Out Dat Rhythm on a Drum’, and was voluptuously shot in Cinemascope Technicolor.
This outdoor screening is free and open to the public.