Black Orpheus won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, but in many ways it seems a bit dated, particularly in a certain naivety of tone which is very different from the style of films today. Having said this, the leads are very winning, Rio has an air of enchantment, and the Carnival is shown as quite ambiguous because of the story that is grafted onto it: it is both exciting, with its pulsating rhythms coming to dominate more and more, and threatening, in that you can disappear in a crowd or be pursued, and no one will notice. The first dance sequence between Orpheus and Eurydice gets a real sense of elation, and is perhaps the high point of the film. This and other sequences really need the big screen to make their full effect, and as such represent cinema in its purest state. The gold disk face carried down the hill and then disappearing against the fantastic landscape, for instance, needs the sense of infinite blue space and haze, just as the street scenes need to teem with movement and colour in a way that overwhelms the viewer. The two actors have remarkable grace and I love Orpheus's gold lattice top and micro-skirt (for want of a better word). Eurydice is more simply dressed but looks dazzling and has a face that could indeed launch a thousand ships ... I think I would prefer a version that somehow got more psychology into it, but maybe this would run counter to the myth ... I would like to see it remade by someone like Andre Techine, perhaps: with all the light and colour still but more subtlety in the characterisation.