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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
Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Breno Mello ... Orfeu
Marpessa Dawn ... Eurydice
Lourdes de Oliveira ... Mira
Léa Garcia Léa Garcia ... Serafina
Adhemar Ferreira da Silva Adhemar Ferreira da Silva ... Death (as Adhemar Feirrera da Silva)
Waldemar De Souza Waldemar De Souza ... Chico
Alexandro Constantino Alexandro Constantino ... Hermes
Jorge Dos Santos Jorge Dos Santos ... Benedito
Aurino Cassiano Aurino Cassiano ... Zeca
Maria Alice Maria Alice
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ana Amélia Ana Amélia
Elizeth Cardoso Elizeth Cardoso
Arlete Costa Arlete Costa
Maria de Lourdes Maria de Lourdes
Modesto De Souza Modesto De Souza
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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 film that introduced Bossa Nova to the world... See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Film debut of Breno Mello. See more »

Goofs

During the Macumba ritual Orfeu turns his head toward the janitor in reaction to being called but there is no sound of talking. Then on the two-shot of the janitor and Orfeu; the janitor moves his lips however there is no sound coming out of his mouth. On the next immediate cut you then hear the janitor talking and moving his lips in the same pattern as the previous cut that had no sound. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Benedito: Serafina, look what a beauty!
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Connections

Featured in À la recherche d'Orfeu Negro (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Batterie de Cappela
Traditional folklore
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User Reviews

 
Take me back to Rio de Janeiro
11 October 1999 | by ReneeKaneSee all my reviews

Truly a magical film! Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro) transports you and makes you long for the Rio of the late 50s (slums and all). Marcel Camus has taken a classic tale of eternal love and transplanted it into "modern times" flawlessly. It has it all -- love, suspense, myth, music, dancing, tragedy -- set amidst the frenetic backdrop of the carnival. I'll always thank the friend who introduced me to this film.


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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 »

Filming Locations:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil See more »

Company Credits

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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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