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Carmen is set in Seville, Spain, around 1820, and concerns the eponymous Carmen, a beautiful gypsy with a fiery temper. Free with her love, she woos the corporal Don José, an inexperienced soldier. Their relationship leads to his rejection of his former love, mutiny against his superior, and joining a gang of smugglers. His jealousy when she turns from him to the bullfighter Escamillo leads him to murder Carmen. Carmen reflects the mood of the nineteenth-century Europe where people shows strong interest to exotic scenes. Author of Carmen intends to describe the temptation and conflict caused by the meeting of different cultures. Since 1875, it has been made of more than 50 film adaptations.