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Carmen: A Hip Hopera - DVD - 794043556029
Carmen: A Hip Hopera - DVD - 794043556029
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From All Movie Guide Previously. and brilliantly. adapted as an opera by Georges Bizet. the Prosper
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From All Movie Guide Previously. and brilliantly. adapted as an opera by Georges Bizet. the Prosper Merimee novel Carmen served as the inspiration for this updated made-for-cable movie. Set in contemporary Los Angeles. the film stars Beynoce Knowles of Destinys Child as the seductive Carmen. no longer an employee in a cigarette factory but instead an aspiring actress. The 'Don Jose' character has become a cop named Sgt. Derek Hill (Mekhi Phifer). who after being ordered by his corrupt superior officer Frank Miller (played by rapper Mos Def) to arrest Carmen for her involvement in a bar fight. falls hopelessly--and tragically--in love with her. After leading Hill down the path to perdition. Carmen deserts him. not out of love for bullfighter Escamillo but for a top-40 rap star named Blaze (Casey Lee). Although the familiar Bizet melodies are heard as linking music. the main musical score is a complete original. composed by Kip Collins. MTVs Hip Hopera: Carmen first aired over the titular cable network on May 9. 2001. Hal Erickson

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