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Directed by Otto Preminger. With Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge, Pearl Bailey, Olga James. Contemporary version of the Bizet opera, with new lyrics and an African-American cast. Synopsis. Famous for its use of Spanish dances, such as the Habanera (“L’amour et en oiseau rebelle”) and Seguidilla (“Près de rampart de Seville”), Carmen has some of the most well-known music of the operatic canon.. When the seductive Spanish gypsy, Carmen, shows an interest in Don José, he initially dismisses it, intending to honor his promise to the village girl Micaëla.