Flashback
A look back at this day in film history
September 27
October 5, 1954
Carmen Redux

Otto Preminger’s Carmen Jones premiered on 5 October 1954, bringing Oscar Hammerstein II’s 1943 musical to the screen. Taking a cue from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Hammerstein turned Bizet’s classic opera of a lusty gypsy who seduces a hapless soldier into an African-American melodrama set in the modern South. Preminger cast the relatively unknown Dorothy Dandridge as his lead with Harry Belafonte as her GI beau. And while both Dandridge and Belafonte were accomplished singers, Marilyn Horne and Leverne Hutchinson were brought in to dub their voices to keep the sound more operatic. The film proved a commercial and critical success, with Dandridge becoming the first African-American nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. The film was a hit everywhere but France; a suit brought by Bizet’s estate against the film’s modernization of the score made it impossible to show Carmen Jones there until 1981.


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Tea and Sympathy September 27, 1956
Tea and Sympathy opens

In 1956, Vincente Minelli’s film adaptation of Tea and Sympathy had its New York City premiere. More than three years earlier, the Robert Anderson’s play opened on Broadway to rave reviews and popular acclaim.

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Sep. 27, 1922
Arthur Penn born

The filmmakers who get the most attention are usually the ones who make the most noise rather than those who are most talented, and Arthur Penn – who was born on this day in 1922 – is the perfect example of this.

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Sept 27, 1945
Open City Opens

From the rubble of destroyed city, Rossellini finds the means to make a classic film.

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