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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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Greta Garbo stars as a tragic heroine in this grand weepy set in 19th century Paris.
An adaptation of an award-winning play, this moving film follows the fortunes of a struggling African-American family in 1960s Chicago.
The classic love story of Romeo and Juliet is transported to 1950s New York in this Hollywood musical.