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

 -  Comedy | Drama | Music  -  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:
Breno Mello ...
Marpessa Dawn ...
Marcel Camus ...
Ernesto
Fausto Guerzoni ...
Fausto
Lourdes de Oliveira ...
Mira
Léa Garcia ...
Serafina
Ademar Da Silva ...
Alexandro Constantino ...
Waldemar De Souza ...
Chico
Jorge Dos Santos ...
Benedito
Aurino Cassiano ...
Zeca
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Maria Alice
Ana Amélia
Elizeth Cardoso
Arlete Costa
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In Rio, Orfeo is a trolley conductor and musician, engaged to Mira. During Carnival week, he sees Eurydice, who's fled her village in fear of a stalker; it's love at first sight. Her cousin Sarafina, with whom she stays in Rio, is a friend of Orfeo and Mira, so the star-crossed lovers meet again. Later, during the revels, wearing Sarafina's costume, Eurydice dances a provocative samba with Orfeo. Not only is Mira enraged when her rival is unmasked, but she is being stalked by Death: Eurydice is in danger, pursued through noisy crowds and a morgue. Can Orfeo conduct her to safety? Don't look back. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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[first lines]
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Take me back to Rio de Janeiro
11 October 1999 | by (Chicago, IL USA) – See all my reviews

Truly a magical film! Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro) transports you and makes you long for the Rio of the late 50s (slums and all). Marcel Camus has taken a classic tale of eternal love and transplanted it into "modern times" flawlessly. It has it all -- love, suspense, myth, music, dancing, tragedy -- set amidst the frenetic backdrop of the carnival. I'll always thank the friend who introduced me to this film.


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