Black Orpheus


(out of 5)

Original title:  Orfeu Negro

Gorgeous, musical film version of the Orpheus myth set during the carnival in Rio De Janeiro. Orpheus is now a guitar-playing streetcar worker who falls in love with Eurydice, a young girl who has come to Rio to visit her cousin and see the festival. No matter that he already has a possessive girlfriend named Mira (whose name in Greek means fate, incidentally, a role she eventually plays in the film’s climax) who isn’t about to give her man up so easily. Marcel Camus directs at a brisk, entertaining pace, with a musical score co-written by Antonio Carlos Jobim that catapulted his work to international stardom.

Dispat Films, Gemma, Tupan Filmes

Brazil/France/Italy, 1959

Directed by

Screenplay by Marcel Camus, , based on the play Orfeu do Carnaval by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by ,

Production Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1959

Cannes Film Festival 1959

Golden Globe Awards 1959

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