The Last Conversation: Eisenstein’s Carmen Ballet

A fascinating reconstruction (1998, 20 min.) of one of Sergei Eisenstein’s last completed works, a miniature ballet based on the final scene of Bizet’s Carmen. Director Sally Banes painstakingly researched Eisenstein’s choreography, staged the dance with Galina Zakrutkina and James Sutton, and filmed it twiceone version an uninterrupted take, the other edited. Film theorist Noel Carroll wrote the narration, which guides us purposefully through every major step of the reconstruction process before letting us enjoy the result. In English and subtitled Russian. (JR)

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