This is romance as danger, as doom, a fate writ large in Carmen’s delicious wardrobe (designed by Mary Ann Nyberg).
One of the most successful updates of an opera, this artful film, conceived and directed by Otto Preminger, is not a conventional musical but more a drama of 1875, the words are by Oscar Hammerstein II, the time and place is North Carolina during W. II, and the cast is black, with a bewitching Dorothy Dandridge as Jones and Harry Belafonte as the love-obsessed Joe.
Andrews and Garner have both said it’s their favorite of their films. The first movie in this trilogy is about two students who meet on a train, get off in Vienna, and pass the hours before a flight walking, talking, and falling in love.
As Celine, Julie Delpy, of the honey-colored hair and full mouth, could be a pre-Raphaelite nymph, and Ethan Hawke’s Jesse, with his glittering eyes and cool-dude goatee, is Mallarmé’s Faun (“Did I love a dream? The following two movies, at nine-year intervals, catch up with the pair in Paris and then in Greece.
,” describe the feeling as “music in the night, a dream that can be heard …
moving shadows write the oldest magic word.” Those moving shadows are movies.