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A Burlesque on Carmen (1915)

US 31m, B&W, silent
Director: Charlie Chaplin; Cast: Charles Chaplin, Jack Henderson, Edna Purviance, Leo White

a-burlesque-on-carmenA Burlesque on Carmen is a parody of Cecil B. DeMille’s 1915 dramatic version of Prosper Mérimée’s 1845 novella Carmen. Though an inferior 44 minute version of the film exists due to legal proceedings which Chaplin lost, a 1999 restored version is closer to Chaplin’s original production. Purviance’s charming performance as Carmen stands out in this lesser known Chaplin film which hilariously ends by breaking the fourth wall when Charlie reveals that the knife he used to kill his gypsy seductress was indeed a movie prop (Klaus Ming November 2016).

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2 comments on “A Burlesque on Carmen (1915)

  1. Hoosier X
    11/27/2016

    I watched both versions on YouTube a year or so ago. For background music, I opened another YouTube window and listened to Spike Jones’s version of Carmen.

    I agree that the shorter version is much better. But WOW! the different takes of Edna Purviance (as Carmen) used in the long version were quite a revelation! She is much funnier than she is usually given credit for.

    • Klaus
      11/28/2016

      Without knowing the history of the film, I started watching the longer version until I became dissatisfied with the poor quality of the copy, and began looking for a cleaner version. That’s when I realized that the shorter Kino version was out there.

      I’ll have to go back and watch the longer version in its entirety for Edna’s performance. Sounds like the makings of an interesting blog post.

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