7.5/10
7,893
68 user 61 critic

Black Orpheus (1959)

Orfeu Negro (original title)
A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro.

Director:

Watch Now

From $3.99 (HD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Orfeu (1999)
Crime | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In a dangerous but human Rio's slum, rises the love affair betwen Orfeu and Eurídice, provoking jealousy and violence in times of carnival.

Director: Carlos Diegues
Stars: Toni Garrido, Patrícia França, Murilo Benício
Orpheus (1950)
Fantasy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A poet in love with Death follows his unhappy wife into the underworld.

Director: Jean Cocteau
Stars: Jean Marais, François Périer, María Casares
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Marcel Camus
Stars: Raymond Loyer, Elga Andersen, Lourdes de Oliveira
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A simple yet devout Christian makes a vow to Saint Barbara after she saves his donkey, but everyone he meets seems determined to misunderstand his intentions. Will he be able to keep his promise in the end?

Director: Anselmo Duarte
Stars: Leonardo Villar, Glória Menezes, Dionísio Azevedo
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
...
Marcel Camus ...
Ernesto
Fausto Guerzoni ...
Fausto
...
Léa Garcia ...
Serafina
Ademar Da Silva ...
Death
Alexandro Constantino ...
Hermes
Waldemar De Souza ...
Chico
Jorge Dos Santos ...
Aurino Cassiano ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Alice
Ana Amélia
Elizeth Cardoso
Arlete Costa
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The film that introduced Bossa Nova to the world...


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

21 December 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Black Orpheus  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

, ,  »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film's two stars, Breno Mello and Marpessa Dawn died within two months of each other almost half a century after the film was made. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Benedito: [to Serafina] Serafina, look how beautiful!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cinemania (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Frevo
Written by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Played by brass marching band
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
One of my favorite movies!
31 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

This movie dazzles me so much that whenever I'm truly depressed, I can watch it and my mood elevates. It's hard to say what aspect is best: the cinematography is superb (makes you want to take the first plane to Rio), the cast is wonderful, the music is haunting and beautiful, and the Orpheus/Eurydice myth is well suited to the setting in a Rio favela. I've only seen it on video, but I keep hoping it will be revived somewhere so I can catch it on the big screen!


31 of 40 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 68 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page