Carmen on the Lake - an engaging filmed opera set on Lake Constance

Lake Constance, Germany
@JudyEv (141610)
Bunbury, Australia
January 12, 2018 5:33pm CST
It’s 7am here and we've just got up. For us, this is late but we went to the first of the Summer Film Festival movies last night in Bunbury, Western Australia. The movie ‘Carmen on the Lake’ took just over 2 ½ hours but kept us enthralled from start to finish. Bizet's opera is set on the water-stage in Bregenz on Lake Constance. The set designer was Es Devlin and we watched a short interview with her before the film started. The set consists of a pair of hands which stretch some 24 metres above the lake, completely dwarfing the performers Between the hands are a number of playing cards each 30 square metres in area. These are poised as if they have just been thrown up in the air by the hands. At one stage Carmen runs across the stage and finally plunges into the lake and swims off. In another scene the gypsies engage in a fiery dance in the shallow water at the front of the stage and Carmen finally meets her end when she is drowned by Don Jose. I can’t find a free-to-use image of the stage but perhaps you might like to google it. Carmen was played by a very passionate and convincing Gaëlle Arquez and Don Jose by Daniel Johansson. Lake Constance consists of three bodies of water on the Rhine at the northern foot of the Alps. Germany, Switzerland and Austria can all lay claim to the lake. We stayed on its shores in Germany in 2015 and the photo shows the masts of some of the many yachts that were moored near the caravan park.
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@just4him (132516)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Jan
It sounds like a fascinating film.
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@JudyEv (141610)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
The set was incredible. Luckily it had sub-titles though.
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@just4him (132516)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jan
@JudyEv That's a good thing.
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@much2say (40863)
• United States
13 Jan
I just looked it up on YouTube. Wow - that looks like a pretty elaborate water stage! How cool it would be if it were a live show oh but that'd be a lot of work. Ohhhh, I'd love to see the whole thing!!
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@JudyEv (141610)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
Sometimes at these big events (audience of 7,000) you don't see much from the ampitheatre. I think we really had much the best view on the screen but of course you miss the ambience.
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@much2say (40863)
• United States
13 Jan
@JudyEv How close were you to the screen?
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@JudyEv (141610)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
@much2say We were in a standard movie theatre watching it as a movie. I think in real-life the figures on stage would be tiny and they'd have screens for you to watch but I don't know that for sure.
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@andriaperry (63628)
• Anniston, Alabama
13 Jan
There is not that much to do around here, seems like you have plenty of places to go do stuff.
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@JudyEv (141610)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
Our nearest city runs a summer and winter film festival but there is a regular cinema as well although we rarely go to that.
@TRBRocks420 (85934)
• Banks, Oregon
12 Jan
I have never seen a Opera, but glad you enjoyed it.
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@JudyEv (141610)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
Luckily they had subtitles as it was sung in French. But there was plenty of action to keep your attention.
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@Kandae11 (40339)
12 Jan
It is a beautiful lake -and the opera sounds captivating indeed.
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@JudyEv (141610)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
The leading lady (Carmen) had an incredibly expressive face. I could have watched her all night.
@BelleStarr (40244)
• United States
13 Jan
We never went to Lake Constance, I am not sure why but we never did maybe because we always travel in January lol
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@JudyEv (141610)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
We just stayed one night there. The next day we drove a short distance then walked over a covered bridge into Switzerland and back. I have an idea you walked the same bridge. Is that so? I would have written about it on Bubblews.
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@BelleStarr (40244)
• United States
13 Jan
@JudyEv Nope I don't think so, we stayed in Dornack Switzerland and drive to Zurich and the Fribourg where my ancestor is from but no bridge walking.
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@JudyEv (141610)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
@BelleStarr I'm sure there was a Bubblews member who recognised the bridge from the photo I put up. I wish we'd been able to spend some time in Switzerland. Australia actually has more snow than Switzerland which always amazes me.
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@Deepizzaguy (15921)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
13 Jan
I remember the opera "Carmen" since it was a movie by the name of "Carmen Jones" who was directed by the late Otto Perminger with Harry Belafonte and the late Dorothy Dandrige.
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@JudyEv (141610)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
Did you enjoy it? This was sung in French but had English subtitles.
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@Deepizzaguy (15921)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
15 Jan
@JudyEv I enjoyed it.
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@kepweng (19273)
• Waikoloa, Hawaii
15 Jan
thats a beautiful river?? or lakes? hope it will not Contain Piranhas
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@JudyEv (141610)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
No, I don't think there are any piranhas there.
@jstory07 (72414)
• Roseburg, Oregon
13 Jan
That sounds like a good film. Thanks for sharing.
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@JudyEv (141610)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
It was good but very long.
@JohnRoberts (67181)
• Los Angeles, California
13 Jan
You are always doing something exciting in your part of the world.
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@JudyEv (141610)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
We always enjoy going to the film festival. We only have a limited time to see them so we're going again tonight to see another one.
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@shaggin (39681)
• United States
15 Jan
Oh my that photo is incredible. The movie sounds great from how you describe it but I don't think I'd enjoy watching it myself.
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@JudyEv (141610)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
It was a huge caravan park and had its own supermarket; also a restaurant and cafe. I'm not sure how many campsites it had. Some were obviously permanent residents with little gardens and pot plants.
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@shaggin (39681)
• United States
15 Jan
@JudyEv wow that is neat!
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@JudyEv (141610)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
@shaggin Camping/caravanning/motor-homing is big business over there. There were dozens of outfits on the road and in the parks. One park had 1,000 places.
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@Shavkat (67024)
• Philippines
13 Jan
I haven't watched an opera in reality. I only have seen them on TV or youtube.
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@JudyEv (141610)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
We watched Carmen many years ago in our old home town and at one point Carmen was sitting on a chair and one of the legs broke. Then the actors were battling to sing because they were trying not to laugh.
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@Shavkat (67024)
• Philippines
14 Jan
@JudyEv It wasn't that popular in my city. Most likely, the opera's venue is in Manila.
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@JudyEv (141610)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
@Shavkat Sometimes our Arts Council or whatever sends cultural events into the more remote country areas so we're able to see them then.
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@Asylum (48215)
• Manchester, England
13 Jan
This seems an odd twist in the original setting. I do like some of the music, but really prefer Grand Opera.
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@JudyEv (141610)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
Yes, the drowning bit was new to me. This was well done.
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@JudyEv (141610)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
@Asylum This ending worked well in the setting I was beginning to think he had drowned her as he held her head under the water for so long then she was left face down just seeming to float. I'd like to know how they stage-managed her drowning.
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@Asylum (48215)
• Manchester, England
13 Jan
@JudyEv This is not surprising when you consider that am operatic singer will have taken lessons in vocal control, which would include breath control.
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@KristenH (25308)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
13 Jan
Now that's some image for an opera. I never saw opera before but know the story.
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@JudyEv (141610)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
Carmen is quite well known I think and some of the songs are regularly heard.
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@KristenH (25308)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
13 Jan
@JudyEv Pretty much. I agree with you there.
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@MALUSE (45976)
• Uzbekistan
1 Jun
I know the area! :-)
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@JudyEv (141610)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Jun
I will never forget Carmen strutting her stuff on stage and her headlong flight across the stage ending with a leap into the water. It must have been wonderful to watch live.
@snowy22315 (56091)
• United States
14 Jan
It sounds like great fun!
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@JudyEv (141610)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
The movie was really well done.
• Austin, Texas
13 Jan
Sounds brilliant and beautiful! Thanks for this suggestion. Like to check out a new movie of a genre that I don't usually. I don't usually watch operas.
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@JudyEv (141610)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
As operas go Carmen is probably more easily understood than some. Being a film this had subtitles too so it was easier to follow the storyline.
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@Madshadi (9029)
• Brussels, Belgium
13 Jan
Looks like you had a lot of fun
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@JudyEv (141610)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
We did enjoy the film thanks.
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@tzwrites (4980)
• Romania
13 Jan
I'm sure the film was good. Bizet's opera is a good classic.
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@JudyEv (141610)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
It is more 'watcheable' than some I think and the music is familiar.
• United States
13 Jan
@JudyEv It's beautiful there, but though I would be willing to watch the opera, I'm just not a big fan.
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@JudyEv (141610)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
I'm not sure I am either but Carmen isn't as 'heavy' as some.
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