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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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The Music... The Dancing... The Colors! See more »


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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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Technical Specs

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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

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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Connections

Referenced in Man in the Chair (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Samba de Orfeo
Written by Luiz Bonfá and Antônio Maria
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One of my favorite movies!
31 August 1999 | by mizkwebbSee all my reviews

This movie dazzles me so much that whenever I'm truly depressed, I can watch it and my mood elevates. It's hard to say what aspect is best: the cinematography is superb (makes you want to take the first plane to Rio), the cast is wonderful, the music is haunting and beautiful, and the Orpheus/Eurydice myth is well suited to the setting in a Rio favela. I've only seen it on video, but I keep hoping it will be revived somewhere so I can catch it on the big screen!


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