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Carmen

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The Paramount version of Carmen had Cecil B. DeMille directing, prima donna Geraldine Farrar in her film debut, recreating a role she had already excelled at on stage -- and, as a bonus, the handsome Wallace Reid as Carmen's lover, Don Jose. How could the Fox version starring Theda Bara (which was released the same week) compete? Because of its star, DeMille's Carmen stuck closer to the Bizet opera than to the Prosper Merimee novel -- after a nasty fight with another girl at the cigarette factory, Carmen...more

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