An Academy Award®-winning retelling of the Orphic legend in a modern day setting, Black Orpheus explodes with dance, music, and magnificent color photography. The tragic love between a streetcar conductor and a shy country girl unfolds against the madness of a carnival in Rio de Janeiro, with its intoxicating samba music, frenzied dancing, and colorful costumes.
Marcel Camus's 1959 update of the Greek myth features an all-black cast and a story set in the frenetic energy of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Orpheus, a trolley car conductor and superb samba dancer, is engaged to Mira but in love with Eurydice. For his change of heart, Orpheus and his new doomed lover are pursued by a vengeful Mira and a determined Death through the feverish Carnival night. Camus at once demystifies and remystifies the old story, shifting not only its location but its tone and context, forcing a reevaluation of the legend as a more passionate, pulsing, sensual experience. The film is really one-of-a-kind, an absolute whirl that barely needs words. --Tom Keogh
Very much a film of it's time but still beautiful and powerful. The music is captivating and the naiivete of the performances charming. Read morePublished on Oct. 1 2010 by Trevor Street
This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film.
This movie is credited with brining Bossa nova music into the spotlight. Read more
This 1959 adaptation of the Greek myth thrilled me.It is quite rare that I am entertained by books turned into movies. Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2003 by Midori
This was a great film but it was sad. Eurydice is being chased by death (a dude in a death mask but the actual grim reaper) and we never know why. Read morePublished on July 12 2003 by Sal Paradise
Well, this is a well illustrated integration of a well known greek myth known as "Black Orpheus. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2003 by Simple Hope
Do they clean the streets in Rio De Janeiro? Well, of course they do. When this carnival is over.
And if you watch this movie you will see that they do it very near the end... Read more
This film is a must,a cornerstone for any fan of Brazilian film,samba, bossa nova. It truly gives viewers an insight into life in the favelas, the stark poverty, but the happiness... Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2003