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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.

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Cast

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


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 December 1959 (USA)  »

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Black Orpheus  »

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although this won the Palme d'Or at Cannes and the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, ironically it is not terribly well regarded in its native Brazil where some object to the depiction of their country as being a non-stop party. See more »

Quotes

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

Featured in A Huey P. Newton Story (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

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Traditional folklore, played over opening titles
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User Reviews

 
a brilliant film with music that made Bonfa famous
1 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the only movies that has ever made me weep. It seems a little contrived in the beginning when all the characters just happen to be named after mythological characters, but by the end of the movie, one forgets all about how the movie could have been corny. It's definitely the best subtitled film I've seen, and I hope more people vote on it so that it can get on the top 250.


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