A look back at this day in film history
October 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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Rebel Without A Cause October 27, 1955
Rebel Without A Cause opens

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October 27, 2006
Controversy over Shut Up and Sing

On October 27, 2006, Variety ran a story that recounted claims by the Weinstein Company that NBC and the CW refused to run ads for the Dixie Chicks' movie, Shut Up and Sing, a documentary by Barbara Kopple that recounted the country group's tour following their public criticism of the Bush administration.

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October 27, 2000
A Very Presidential Beginning

David Gordon Green stuns critics with his Malick-esque debut.

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