Making a huge impact on its release, Marcel Camus' Oscar, Golden Globe and Palm D'Or winning film retells the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice against the vibrant backdrop of the Rio carnival. The infectious soundtrack by Antonia Carlo Jobim and Luiz Bonfa is credited with bringing the bossa nova sound to a world-wide audience and in this new transfer, featuring the extended version of the film, full justice is done to the glorious colour photography.
Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Lourdes de Oliveira, Marcel Camus, Fausto Guerzoni, Léa Garcia, Ademar Da Silva, Alexandro Constantino, Waldemar De Souza, Jorge Dos Santos, Aurino Cassiano, Maria Alice, Ana Amélia
Beautifully captures the spirit of samba
- Black Orpheus review by Little starfish
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Black Orpheus follows the developing love between the titles Orpheus and Eurydice; culminating in a climatic scene of jealousy, love and samba at the carnival parade. Although the acting wasn't amazing and the storyline lacks a distinct narrative this film clearly isn't concerned with these aspects so much as spinning a web of representations about Brazilian life and love. In the end, it was enjoyable to watch and the pace didn't drag like some other 'older' films.