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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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The film that introduced Bossa Nova to the world...
Plot:
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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Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

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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:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm prints)
Certification:
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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Trivia:
A young boy who dances across the screen playing a pandeiro grew up to win a national pandeiro-playing contest and play his instrument around the world. Currently, Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro teaches in Los Angeles and at California Brazil Camp.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Benedito:[to Serafina] Serafina, look how beautiful!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Man in the Chair (2007)See more »
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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
One of the best scores ever!, 24 October 2005
Author: dbdumonteil

A lot of users will not believe it,but in his native France ,Marcel Camus's name is slowly fading.Worse,"Orfeo negro" is demeaned :it is given only one star in the French dictionary of films.Part of the reason can be found,I think ,in the rest of Camus's career which is mediocre and tarnished his magnum opus by association.But it's unfair.It's a shame a lot of young FRench young people do not even know the existence of this jewel.

"Orfeo negro" is perfection itself: -Its score is one of the most marvelous I can think of ,now stirring,now wistful as this unforgettable song to make the sun rise.

-The Greek myth is superbly recreated ,and the exotic landscapes add magic to the script.

-The actors are dynamic ;the three leads ,Breno Mello,Lourdes de OLiveira and the wunderkind Marpessa Dawn are excellent-why didn't she make the career she deserved?- -The original version is in Portuguese ,which shows Camus's respect for his audience.

-Best scenes:perhaps the scenes in the house of death,with the walk in the papers;also the final scene where children are still there ,to help the sun rise again and again.The meeting with Death in a power station.

An hymn to the sun and to immortality,"Orfeo Negro" is all this and more.

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