Viewing your Watchlist and recommended content requires Javascript

  • PG
  • Drama, Musical
  • 2011

Carmen In 3D

Carmen In 3D


Georges Bizet's 1875 opera is performed live and filmed in glorious 3D for an it's-as-if-you-were-in-the-room experience.


Now here's a genuinely laudable use of 3D technology. While seeing opera performed live has an undoubted appeal for many, it's also off-puttingly dear, and for the best possible seats, often prohibitively expensive. And even from the best seats you'll only ever see the action from one angle... enter director Julian Napier and his RealD cameras.

Carmen 3D is the latest ReadD production to record a live performance - in this case Francesca Zambello's production of Carmen, with Christine Rice in the lead role - and translate that into a film aimed at making us feel we're right there in the London Royal Opera House watching (and hearing) the action unfold. It's a highly contemporary approach to an art form dating back to around 1600.

Yes, it's stagier than you'd want a regular musical film to be, but that's not the point - think of this as going to the theatre, rather than the cinema. You just happen to be watching from a dazzling array of multiple perspectives that would ordinarily be impossible. The 3D glasses even feel curiously appropriate, given opera's lorgnettes tradition.

Naturally, some of the thrill of seeing a live performance is muted, but the compensations make this a very credible way to bring a minority experience to a potentially broader audience. We imagine there will be some carping from traditionalists, but then, Carmen itself was trashed on its opening run by critics who panned Bizet's tale of a gypsy and her lovers as "vulgar" and "contemptible".

Cast & Connections

  • Composer: Georges Bizet

In a nutshell

Hits all the high notes in high definition, making for a relatively inexpensive and accessible way to enjoy a bit of high culture, innit.

by Film4

Latest from Film4...

  • Film4


    Katell Quillévéré's family-based drama follows Suzanne, a teenage mother who falls for a gangster

  • Film4

    The Purge

    Ethan Hawke stars in James DeMonaco's drama about a sanctioned night where all crime is legal

  • Film4

    Me and You on Film4

    Premiere of Bernardo Bertoluccis drama about a boy and his half-sister who run away together.

  • Film4

    Philadelphia on Film4

    Denzel Washington and Oscar-winning Tom Hanks star in Jonathan Demme's powerful drama.

  • Channel 4 Blog

    BIFA brings 2015 nominated films to cinemas

    BIFA-nominated films including the Film4-backed 45 Years, The Lobster, Macbeth, Amy and Ex Machina will be available in cinemas nationwide from 23 November in a special public screenings event. The

  • Channel 4 Blog

    Film4-backed films receive 41 nominations at the BIFAs

    Film4 has received a total of 41 nominations for the films it has backed at this year¿s British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), with the nomination lists for the Best British Film and Best Director a

Register with

Personalise your Film4 experience

  • Set film reminders
  • Build your watchlist
  • Get film suggestions

or Register