At an all-black Army camp, civilian parachute maker and “hot bundle” Carmen Jones (Dorothy Dandridge) is desired by many, but she only wants Joe (Harry Belafonte), who’s engaged to sweet Cindy Lou (Olga James) and about to enter pilot training for the Korean War. Carmen’s efforts to woo Joe only end up landing him in the stockade. While she awaits his release, trouble arises. The film includes songs from French composer Georges Bizet’s final opera, Carmen, with modernized lyrics. Pearl Bailey and Diahann Carroll also star.
Run Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Note: AnEta Sewell will do a 20-minute talk to set up each film and will host a question-and-answer session afterward.
Tickets: $10 per night or $25 for the entire festival.