(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.
Directed by Marcel Camus
Cinematography by Jean Bourgoin
Produced by Sacha Gordine
Production Design by Pierre Guffroy
Film Editing by Andree Feix