I re-watched the Carlos Saura/Antonio Gades version of Carmen over the weekend. In some ways, it is very dated, visually-speaking. But still universal. I love the “While Her Child Sleeps” scene, in which the women dance and the camera is focused on their feet. The rhythm is…hypnotic.

And I love this bit of dialogue, which is actually a voice over from the narrator:

Levante los ojos y la vi. Era un viernes y no lo olvidare jamas. Al principio no me gusto y volvi a mi trabajo. Pero ella, siguiendo la costumbre de las mujeres y de los gatos, quienes no vienen cuando se les llama y vienen cuando no les llama, se detuvo ante mi, y me dirigio las palabras “buenas noches”.


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