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Criterion Collection: Black Orpheus [DVD] [1905] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003N2CVOU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,001 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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"Morning, such a pretty morning.
A new song is born,
Singing of your eyes, your laughter, your hands.
There will be a day when you come
From the strings of my guitar
That only your love sought.
A voice comes and talks about kissing,
Kisses lost in your lips.
Sing, my heart, happiness is back
In the dawn of this love."

And so Orpheus (Breno Mello), a happy-go-lucky trolley conductor in Rio de Janeiro, and Eurydice (Marpessa Dawn), a young girl from the country who has come to stay with her cousin in a Rio slum high on a mountain overlooking the city, fall in love. Please note that elements of the plot are discussed. Orpheus is handsome, confident and loves women as much as they love him. When he discovers Eurydice, however, she becomes all he has ever wanted. But Eurydice, caught up in her joy with Orpheus, still is frightened of a man masked as Death who she is convinced intends to kill her. But carnival is starting. There are costumes to buy and masks to wear, dancing to practice, life to be enjoyed. Through it all, the hot, sensual bossa nova beat of Antonio Carlos Jobin's and Luis Bonfa's music permeates everything.

The movie is so lyrical, so innocent and so joyous as it starts that it's easy to hope that in this version of the Greek myth there will be a different ending. There is not. But the intensity of carnival carries us along. The happiness and spirit of the friends and neighbors of Orpheus captures us just as much as the music. The almost child-like passion of Orpheus and Eurydice is so open and true, we realize that it can't last.

One of the most lyrical passages is early in the movie when Orpheus begins to play on his guitar a song he has written. Two scruffy little boys are with him.
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This film, directed by Marcel Camus and based on a play written by Brazilian writer Vinicius de Moraes, updates the tragic Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, setting that hauntingly beautiful and tragic story in Brazil against the vibrant backdrop provided by the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro.
In “Black Orpheus”, Orpheus (Bruno Mello) is a trolley car conductor, a samba dancer and outstanding musician. He is also a womanizer who is being dragged into marriage by his latest girlfriend, Mira (Lourdes de Oliveira). Something unexpected happens, though: Orpheus meets a newcomer to Rio, Eurydice (Marpessa Dawn), and falls in love with her. Eurydice arrived to Rio seeking refuge in the house of her cousin from a stalker that wants to kill her. However, when she meets Orpheus, Eurydice also falls in love with him and his songs.
The story of the two lovers develops during the Carnival, and despite the problems provided by Mira, the discarded girlfriend, and the stalker that frights Eurydice and represents Death. The musical score, composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luis Bonfa, provides an excellent support to the story and adds just the right finishing touch. It is something that along a great plot, a wonderful cast, and a very good director, manages to make this film something that you will enjoy, remember, and probably recommend to others.
In think that this is one of the best films I have seen, and I regret the fact that is not more well-known. Of course, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Belen Alcat
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THIS EVOCATIVE, BRILLIANTLY FILMED STORY, BASED ON THE LEGENDARY LOVE OF ORPHEUS FOR EURIDICE, WAS COMPLETELY RUINED BY THE APALLING QUALITY OF THE DVD. THERE WERE AT LEAST 6 NASTY BREAKS IN THE CONTINUITY AND IT WAS DIFFICULT TO ACHIEVE THE SUB-TITLES. A BAD BUY.
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this is the most magical brazillian musical rendering of the myth based in carnival in brazil. magical, fabulous evocative music, georgous to look at, this is what can happen to a classsical myth in the hands of an artist.
The music was haunting and the film works on many symbolic (in the jungain sense) levels, with dream like states, and as a film about love and death it should be.
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A must for serious fans of Brazilian cinema. This superlative film is filled with classical references, beautiful music, joy, passion, pain and loss. The honest yet sympathetic depiction of working-class 1950s Rio de Janeiro is thoughtful and moving. Fabulous photography, too. First rate.
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A classic film from Brazil, South America, showing a story beautifully photographed about an excape for a short while, with classic love and stupendous music of the Carnival and an ancient classic story of Orpeus and Euridice. i WOULD RECOMMEND THIS REALLY CLASSIC FILM FROM THE STUDIOS VERA CRUZ BEGUN AT THE TURN OF THE 20TH CENTURY BY THE GREAT FILM MAKER Albert Cavalcanti.
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Was so glad to find a dubbed over English version of this Camus classic and hence the score. It got delivered a couple of days later than they had anticipated but I think it was imported from America and so no worries there. The product itself ran well and the dub not as bad as some I have seen.
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I saw this when it was first released and I was a student. It was something of a cult film at the time. Seeing it fifty years later it perhaps wasn't quite as magical as I remembered. But you could still see why it won awards. And perhaps this was the first time most of us heard the bossa nova
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