Carmen Jones (1954)
Drama / Musical / Romance
Directed by Otto Preminger
Dorothy Dandridge as Carmen Jones
Harry Belafonte as Joe, the soldier
Pearl Bailey as Frankie
Olga James as Cindy Lou
Joe Adams as Husky Miller
Brock Peters as Sgt. Brown
Roy Glenn as Rum Daniels
Diahann Carroll as Myrt
Nick Stewart as Dink Franklin
LeVern Hutcherson as Joe
This film takes place during World War II and focuses on the main female character, Carmen Jones who is employed at a parachute factory in North Carolina. When she gets in a fight with a co-worker, Carmen is taken by a soldier by the name of Joe to the authorities. Soon Carmen tries to seduce Joe and after some time he gives in to her desires even though, he is engaged to another woman.
She later escapes, not due to her feelings for Joe, but instead because of her fear of spending time in prison. Joe is put in prison for allowing his prisoner to escape before he gets her to authorities. Later the film turns into a love triangle when he is released and the two try to rekindle a relationship.
Later in the film, Joe tells Carmen that he needs to leave immediately for flight school. She becomes so upset that she begins to leave with Sgt. Brown, who is then gets in a fight with Joe. the film continues with this love triangle both men fighting over the love of Carmen and ends when Joe strangles Carmen to death since he realizes he can not have her to himself.
In 1992, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."