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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:

Marcel Camus

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Cast

Credited cast:
Breno Mello ... Orfeo
Marpessa Dawn ... Eurydice
Marcel Camus Marcel Camus ... Ernesto
Fausto Guerzoni Fausto Guerzoni ... Fausto
Lourdes de Oliveira ... Mira
Léa Garcia Léa Garcia ... Serafina
Ademar Da Silva Ademar Da Silva ... Death
Alexandro Constantino Alexandro Constantino ... Hermes
Waldemar De Souza Waldemar De Souza ... Chico
Jorge Dos Santos Jorge Dos Santos ... Benedito
Aurino Cassiano Aurino Cassiano ... Zeca
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Alice Maria Alice
Ana Amélia Ana Amélia
Elizeth Cardoso Elizeth Cardoso
Arlete Costa Arlete Costa
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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

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Country:

Brazil | France | Italy

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

21 December 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Orpheus See more »

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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!
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One of the best scores ever!
24 October 2005 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

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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