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PG| 1 hr. 40 min.

Plot Summary
Young lovers Orfeu (Breno Mello) and Eurydice (Marpessa Dawn) run through the favelas of Rio during Carnaval, on the lam from a hitman dressed like Death (Adhemar Da Silva) and Orfeu's vengeful fiancée Mira (Lourdes de Oliveira) and passing between moments of fantasy and stark reality. This impressionistic retelling of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice introduced bossa nova to the world with its soundtrack by young Brazilian composers Luiz Bonfá and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Cast: Breno Mello , Marpessa Dawn , Lourdes de Oliveira , Lea Garcia , Adhemar Da Silva , Alexandro Constantino , Waldemar De Souza , Jorge dos Santos

Director: Marcel Camus

Genres: Drama

Black Orpheus (1959)

Release Date: December 21st, 1959|1 hr. 40 min.

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  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    A film that art-house audiences in 1959 loved madly. And who can blame them? A buoyant, searingly colorful retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth set in Rio de Janiero, writer-director's Marcel Camus' movie is a romance heightened by its backdrop. show more

  • 88
    TV Guide

    Besides its exhilarating style, the well-acted film works as an effective translation of the classic Greek myth into a Brazilian romance. (Review of Original Release) show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    This is a movie about the marriage between sound and image, and the sound is wearing the pants in the relationship. show more

  • October 30, 2012 lynnewcats
    Report This User

    Beautiful actors, glorious music; haunting. Saw it in high school when it came ************ stayed with me all these years.

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