Carmen, Baby

Carmen, Baby is a 1967 American-German-Yugoslav romantic drama film directed by Radley Metzger, based on the novella Carmen by Prosper Mérimée (which also inspired Bizet's popular opera, Carmen).

Carmen, Baby
Original film poster
Directed byRadley Metzger
Produced byRadley Metzger
Screenplay byJesse Vogel
Based onCarmen by Prosper Mérimée
StarringUta Levka
Music byDaniel Hart
CinematographyHans Jura
Edited byHumphrey Wood
Distributed byAudubon Films
First Run Features
Release date
  • 1967 (1967)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States
West Germany
Box office$4.2 million[1]


A liberated woman tempts a local police officer into a romantic entanglement with unpleasant consequences.



The film Carmen, Baby, according to one reviewer, was the beginning of Metzger's successful style in his later films: that is, adapting "a literary classic in a gorgeous European locale with high polish and a goodly helping of sophisticated sex and seduction."[2] Film critic Jesse Vogel noted that the film is an example of Metzger's signature style, "cool, classy, distant, with a distinctively European sensibility".[3] According to film reviewer Gary Morris, Carmen was "well played" by Uta Levka; lighting and camerawork by Hans Jura was "first-rate".[4] Another reviewer wrote that the film had "a rather classy look" and that the performers were "attractive" and the setting "beautiful".[5]

In the case of Rabe v. Washington, 405 U.S. 313 (1972), the Supreme Court of the United States decided that the manager of a drive-in movie theater could not be charged with obscenity for showing the film which was not wholly determined to be obscene, but only parts were, holding that the citizens of Washington State had no notice under the Sixth Amendment that the place where a film was shown was an element of the offense.

Wally Lamb mentioned the bottle dance scene from Carmen, Baby in his 2016 book I'll Take You There.


  1. "All-time Film Rental Champs", Variety, 7 January 1976 p 48
  2. Staff (June 9, 2011). "Carmen, Baby (1967), Little Mother (Germany/Yugoslavia/US, 1972)". UCLA. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  3. Vogel, Jesse (October 10, 1967). "Carmen, Baby". Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  4. Morris, Gary (November 1, 1999). "Radley Metzger: The Dirty Girls, Carmen Baby, The Princess and the Call Girl on DVD". Bright Lights Film Journal. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  5. Staff (October 11, 1967). "'Carmen' Updated". New York Times. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
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