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Carmen is a French opera set in 19th-century Spain, but this version shifts the setting to 1940s America, with an African-American cast and updated lyrics in English. Carmen, a beautiful factory worker, falls in love with a soldier but then switches her attention to a strutting boxer, setting off jealous reactions that threaten all three of them. Mining the themes of the original opera and translating them to the experiences of 20th century black Americans, the film is a rousing, glamorous and charming musical.
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Based on opera La Boheme, this tale of struggling artists relocates Puccini's stage musical from 1800s Paris to 1980s New York.
Greta Garbo stars as a tragic heroine in this grand weepy set in 19th century Paris.
Big-screen adaptation of the stage musical set in 1920s Chicago about prisoner Roxie and the vaudeville star she idolises.