Carmen is a 1915 American silent drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille. The film is based on the novella Carmen by Prosper Mérimée. The existing versions of this film appear to be from the re-edited 1918 re-release.
Carmen was praised as a “triumph of superb acting and magnificent scenery” in Motion Picture Magazine. “No small share of this artistic success is due to Mr. Wallace Reid’s sympathetic interpretation of Don José,” they added. “The ‘Carmen’ film will, in its own way, stand alongside ‘The Birth of a Nation’ as an epochmaker,” Photoplay said in their review. One of their few complaints was on the film’s faithfulness to Carmen’s character of the Mérimée story.
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