Black Remakes of White Films

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  • Black Orpheus, Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn
  • Jaden Smith, The Karate Kid
  • Harry Belafonte, Carmen Jones
  • Chris Rock, Kerry Washington, I Think I Love My Wife
  • Whitney Houston, Brandy, Cinderella
  • Queen Latifah, Steel Magnolias
  • Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, The Wiz
  • Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, Death at a Funeral
  • Willow Smith, Annie
  • About Last Night, Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy

Carmen Jones

Bizet’s opera Carmen has had screen incarnations, which include an early 1915 Hollywood version, plus Spanish and French remakes. But director Otto Preminger’s retelling starring Dorothy Dandrige, (which earned her an Oscar nomination for best actress) Harry Belafonte, Pearl Bailey and a very young Diahann Carroll is probably the most classic and beloved among film buffs.

(Photo: Courtesy Carlyle Productions)

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