Historic Hampton House in partnership with FIU Department of History & African and African Diaspora Studies and Miami Jazz & Film Society present the UNITY BOULEVARD FILM SERIES, a new film and discussion series happening every third Thursday at the Historic Hampton House Cultural Center!
Join us for a screening of Carmen Jones (1954) produced and directed by Otto Preminger. The film will be followed by a discussion led by Dr. Valerie L. Patterson, Clinical Associate Professor in FIU’s Department of Public Policy & Administration.
Thursday, June 20th, 2019 @ 6pm
$5 Advance Tickets
$10 At the Door
Students FREE with student ID
Historic Hampton House Cultural Center
4240 NW 27th Ave
Miami, Florida 33142
*Free Parking in Rear via 43rd Terrace*
About the film:
Carmen Jones is a 1954 American musical film produced and directed by Otto Preminger. Starring an all-black cast, featuring Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte, the film is based on the 1943 Broadway stage musical Carmen Jones by Oscar Hammerstein II, who adapted the melodies of Georges Bizet’s 1875 opera Carmen to the singing style of his African-American cast. For both positive and negative reasons, the film is often considered a landmark in the history of black representations in the cinema. Released by Twentieth Century-Fox in 1954, Carmen Jones established Dorothy Dandridge as a major star and earned her an Oscar nomination for best actress, the first ever for an African-American woman in a leading role. However, much like the all-black films made in Hollywood during the thirties and forties, as film scholar Jeff Smith puts it, “Carmen Jones adheres to a logic of segregation, one that situates black representations within idealized, often rural landscapes that systematically deny the presence of race relations or of any larger social context.”