Black Orpheus (1959)
"Orfeu Negro" (original title)

PG  |   |  Drama, Music, Romance  |  21 December 1959 (USA)
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A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro.


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Credited cast:
Marcel Camus ...
Fausto Guerzoni ...
Lourdes de Oliveira ...
Ademar Da Silva ...
Alexandro Constantino ...
Waldemar De Souza ...
Jorge Dos Santos ...
Aurino Cassiano ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Alice
Ana Amélia
Elizeth Cardoso
Arlete Costa


In the heady atmosphere of Rio's carnival, two people meet and fall in love. Eurydice, a country girl, has run away from home to avoid a man who arrived at her her looking for her. She is convinced that he was going to kill her. She arrives in Rio to stay with her cousin Serafina. Orfeo works as a tram conductor and is engaged to Mira - as far as Mira is concerned anyways. As Eurydice and Orpheus get to know one another they fall deeply in love. Mira is mad with jealousy and when Eurydice disappears, Orfeo sets out to find her. Written by garykmcd

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21 December 1959 (USA)  »

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Black Orpheus  »

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1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Breno Mello. See more »


[first lines]
Benedito: [to Serafina] Serafina, look how beautiful!
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Manha De Carnaval
Written by Luiz Bonfá
(Morning of the Carnival)
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a brilliant film with music that made Bonfa famous
1 April 2001 | by (istanbull, turkey) – See all my reviews

This is one of the only movies that has ever made me weep. It seems a little contrived in the beginning when all the characters just happen to be named after mythological characters, but by the end of the movie, one forgets all about how the movie could have been corny. It's definitely the best subtitled film I've seen, and I hope more people vote on it so that it can get on the top 250.

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