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Criterion Collection: Black Orpheus [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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One of the best movies ever - I remember watching it on cinema in a film festival 20 years ago - and now after being in brasil -what can I say?Just cry...Published 6 months ago by yuval1968
A great film from 1959 of the festival. Lovely music, most enjoyable.Published 12 months ago by Mrs. Susan M. Sovary-soos
This is a wonderful film with outstanding performances and a great musical score. First-class entertainment.Published 17 months ago by MIKE
Sorry, I could only get about 20 minutes into this film before I gave up. It had been recommended but I found it to be not very well acted or directed. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Cuddlequeen
bought on behalf of my good friend who saw it when first shown in 1959. very interesting comparison with Cocteau's 'Orphee', my favourite film ever.Published on 21 Feb. 2014 by ade
Vibrant, exciting and visually exciting with a wonderful music scorethis film is a brilliant evocation of Carnival in Rio it retelldices the myth of Orpheus and EurydicePublished on 15 Dec. 2013 by Mrs long
The film every bit as I remember. The service and packaging were excellent. that's all folks bye bye ok babyPublished on 26 Nov. 2013 by Mr. M. Hinstridge
The first part of this film has a kind of documentary feel to it: the people you see in the film are believable. Later in the film it's more dreamlike.Published on 9 Jun. 2013 by Fran Smitherman
One of the essential movies to have if you are a brazilian cinema fan. This 1958's masterpiece doesn't get old.Published on 19 Mar. 2013 by A. GILLES