Carmen: A Hip Hopera (2001)

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Carmen: A Hip Hopera
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Carmen: A Hip Hopera is a 2001 musical film produced for television by MTV and directed by Robert Townsend. The film stars Beyoncé Knowles in her debut acting role (predating her theatrical film debut in Austin Powers in Goldmember), Mos Def, Rah Digga, Wyclef Jean, Mekhi Phifer, Da Brat, Joy Bryant, Jermaine Dupri and Lil' Bow Wow. It is based upon Georges Bizet's 1875 opera Carmen, set in Philadelphia and Los Angeles in modern times, and features a mostly original hip-hop/R&B score in place of Bizet's opera. Wikipedia

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Blaze: Hello, I'm Blaze. But my friends call me Case... (Carmen cuts him off) Carmen: I know who you are. I'm Carmen. Blaze: Nice to meet you. Carmen: Nice to meet you. Blaze: So what's a fine lady like you doing in Philly? Small town masquerading as a big city. Carmen: I won't be here for long. See I have dreams... plans. Blaze: I wanna hear about 'em. Carmen: (sucks teeth) Pssh. No, you don't. Blaze: No, really. I'm interested. Carmen: Really? (Blaze nods, Carmen puts down drink) Carmen: Okay. I want to move to LA. I want to be an actress, a star. I want my own movies, my own TV show, my own sitcom. (laughs.) Blaze: (Looks up and gestures lights shining.) I can see your name in lights already, like... Carmen: (Sucks teeth) Don't patronize me. (Gets up and leaves. Blaze grabs her. She looks at her arm then him as if to say 'get off'.)

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