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Orfeu Negro
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Black Orpheus (1959) More at IMDbPro »Orfeu Negro (original title)

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Black Orpheus -- Winner of both the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or, Marcel Camus' Black Orpheus (Orfeu negro) brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the twentieth-century madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.


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Release Date:
21 December 1959 (USA) See more »
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A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Marcel Camus 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marcel Camus  writer
Vinicius de Moraes  play "Orfeu do Carnaval"
Jacques Viot  writer

Produced by
Sacha Gordine .... producer
Original Music by
Luiz Bonfá 
Antonio Carlos Jobim 
Cinematography by
Jean Bourgoin 
Film Editing by
Andrée Feix 
Production Design by
Pierre Guffroy 
Production Management
Roberto Bakker .... assistant production manager
Jacques Gibault .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bartolomeu Andrade .... assistant director
Robert Mazoyer .... assistant director
Sound Department
Amaury Leenhardt .... sound
Raymond Pierre Lemoigne .... supervising sound editor
Editorial Department
Geneviève Winding .... assistant editor
Other crew
Silvio Autuori .... production assistant
Roger Blanché .... production assistant
Francisco A. Vilela .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Orfeu Negro" - Brazil (original title)
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100 min | 107 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm prints)
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Sweden:15 | Sweden:11 (re-rating) (1971) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1994) | USA:PG | West Germany:16 (f)

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Film debut of Breno Mello.See more »
[first lines]
Benedito:[to Serafina] Serafina, look how beautiful!
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Referenced in Babilônia 2000 (1999)See more »
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One of My Favorites, 13 March 2002
Author: Allan FINEBERG ( from Fair Lawn, NJ, USA

I love this movie for its incredibly gorgeous music, actors and landscapes. The children are delightful and natural. There are scenes that will make you cry. To see the movie on the big screen in the original Portuguese is heavenly.

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