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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 brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the twentieth-century madness of Carnaval 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 » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Take me back to Rio de Janeiro See more (59 total) »

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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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Runtime:
100 min | 107 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm prints)
Certification:
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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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!
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Samba de OrfeoSee more »

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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Take me back to Rio de Janeiro, 11 October 1999
Author: Reina from Chicago, IL USA

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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!!!!!!!!ARCADE FIRE!!!!!!!!! winbutlerisplayingatmaho
This is the most beautiful movie I've ever seen!!! QandU
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