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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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Taglines:

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


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Brazil | France | Italy

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

21 December 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Orpheus See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Benedito: [to Serafina] Serafina, look how beautiful!
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Connections

Referenced in City of God (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Scenes De La Macumba
Traditional folklore
(Macumba ceremony scene)
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Legend Given Unique Setting
26 March 1999 | by harry-76See all my reviews

"Orfeu Negro" places the Orpheus legend in Rio de Janeiro at the time of its Carnival. Marcel Camus' film is fast paced, shot it beautiful color, has lovely and vibrant music (by Luis Bonfa and Antonio Carlos Jobim) and a most attractive cast, particularly the two leads. There is a vital, throbbing tempo established which seems to propel the story forward in an almost choreographic manner. The film remains a quite unique piece of work, with many haunting images.


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