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The Loves of Carmen
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRaoul Walsh
Written byHarry H. Caldwell (titles)
Katherine Hilliker (titles)
Gertrude Orr
Based onCarmen
1845 novella
by Prosper Mérimée
Produced byWilliam Fox
StarringDolores del Río
Don Alvarado
CinematographyLucien N. Andriot
Edited byHarry H. Caldwell
Katherine Hilliker
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • September 4, 1927 (1927-09-04) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguagesSilent Version
Sound Version (Synchronized)
(English Intertitles)

The Loves of Carmen is a 1927 American silent romantic drama film directed by Raoul Walsh. The film, based on the novella Carmen by Prosper Mérimée, stars Dolores del Río in the title role, and Don Alvarado as Jose.[1] Due to the public apathy towards silent films, a sound version was also prepared in 1928. While the sound version has no audible dialog, it was released with a synchronized musical score with sound effects using both the sound-on-disc and sound-on-film process.


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The sound version of the film featured a theme song entitled “Estrellita” by Manuel M. Ponce, arranged by George P. Hulten, with English lyrics by George Gibson Davis


A print of The Loves of Carmen was restored by the Museum of Modern Art and The Film Foundation, and is also held by Cinematek.[2]