Posted by: travelrat | May 2, 2011

‘Carmen’ in 3D

When I first heard of the introduction of modern 3D movies, I thought ‘So? What’s new?’

We had 3D movies back in the 50s, and pretty poor stuff they were, too. They soon got dismissed as a passing fad; they looked more like the ‘pop up’ pictures in a child’s book.

The modern ones, though, would be something like comparing an MP3 player to a Walkman … if there were any comparison at all, as we found when we went to see ‘Carmen’ at the Odeon, in Salisbury.

What they did here was film an actual stage performance of the opera. It was just like being there … only better! We were able to see close-ups of the performers in a way that wouldn’t have been possible until the practice of providing large-screen TV at live performances was introduced.

And, another big advantage. Since composer Georges Bizet was French, the libretto is, naturally, in French also. Now, it doesn’t really matter if you can understand the words or not; you go for the music and the singing. Anyway, at a live performance, there’s often a synopsis of the story in the programme. Or, you can usually find it on line.

(Having seen the film ‘Carmen Jones’ many years ago, I had a rough idea of what it was about, anyway)

But, there’s no need for a synopsis here. It’s a film … so, just add sub-titles! No problem!

As for the atmosphere, I’d suspect I was not the only one who had to make a real effort not to join the stage audience in the applause at the end.

(Naturally, I can’t show any photos of the performance, but I do have some pictures of the Odeon, converted from a 15th Century house and retaining the original façade … one of the few ‘mediaeval cinemas’ in existence!)


  1. Hi Keith,
    The 3D technology today is really amazing, I haven’t seen a 3D movie to date that I didn’t enjoy, so different than the old 3D which now to me anyway looks laughable. It certainly would of been great to see Carmen in 3D sounds great, I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  2. I really don’t care for 3D movies. I wasn’t paying attention a few months back and somehow wound up in one and it made me sick. Too much junk flying in my face… I like my movies at a distance from my face. There is NO WAY I will be purchasing a 3D TV and all the stuff that goes with it.

    • That was a fault of the early ones; they were forever firing guns or throwing things at the audience, just to show the effect … rather like a child using every colour in his paintbox, just because he can!

      There wasn’t any of this in this particular show. Like I said, it was like sitting in a theatre watching a live performance.

  3. OMG. What a gorgeous building. Look at the windows – they are to die for. I Love Carmen. It is so dramatic. One of my favourite operas!!

  4. This is who I’d like to see playing the lead. (Her name’s Carmen, too).

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