The new Criterion Collection set features a wealth of extras, including a new digital print that showcases the vibrant colors and textures of Rio and its hillside favelas. Most memorable and impressive are the documentaries on the making of Black Orpheus--especially the mixed feelings, remembered quite bluntly, of playwright de Moraes when he saw the liberties that Camus had taken with his work. There are wonderful short features from the early '60s, while the initial impact of Black Orpheus was still being felt, including a casual interview with Dawn, serene and composed, about the sensation she and her cast members had created. Not to be missed is the feature on the creation of the soundtrack, by jazz historian Ruy Castro, focusing on how Camus chose the music that would define the world's view of Brazil for a generation, with amazing interviews with influential musicians and artists, including Gilberto Gil and Seu Jorge. "The soundtrack was at least as popular as the film," says Gil, and while that may be true, it would be hard to imagine one without the other. --A.T. Hurley
SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES * New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack * Optional English-dubbed soundtrack * Archival interviews with director Marcel Camus and actress Marpessa Dawn * New video interviews with Brazilian cinema scholar Robert Stam, jazz historian Gary Giddins, and Brazilian author Ruy Castro * Ã la recherche d'"Orfeu negro," a feature-length documentary about Black Orpheus's cultural and musical roots and its resonance in Brazil today * Theatrical trailer * PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Atkinson
I was aware of Africa and its many different people, but I had
no idea (besides African Americans) that there were other
people of African decent, and (who looked like me)spoke a
foreign language. I was filled with even more Black Pride!
In the 80's I purchased a VCR. I inquired to a friend as to
whether I could find Black Orpheus on tape, my friend said "all
movies were on tape now." Ever since then I have had several
copys.I've shared my tapes with everyone, most of the time they
were not returned but thats alright because it meant the
person enjoyed it. Many of my friends and co-workers thought
that they would not enjoy a foreign film but were intriqued by
I would like say in closing that for many years I've searched
for info on the cast of this movie, very little has been found.
A couple of days ago I read that Adhemar da Silva (death) had
died in '01. He was not only an actor but an outstanding Olympic
athelete of the 52-56 games. Between both games he won seven gold
medals in the triple jump. Mr.da Silva was also a lawyer.
Why do we always allow good people to go to the wayside before
we give recognition. I would definitely like to known about the
lives of the surviving actors, especially the children whom are
not that much older than I.
As part of the African diaspora myself, I fell in love with this film as a college student in the 1960's. It was my first visual exposure to the black culture of Brazil. The beautiful skin, the beautiful faces, the beauty of the setting of Rio de Janiero combined to overwhelm my visual sensation, while the incredible lilting sounds of Brazilian speech seduced my aural sensibility and the rythms of samba took my heartbeat to my feet. Twenty years later on the dance floor I realized I could dance samba because I'd seen this film twice, and every time I hear samba I think of this film.
This film does not age, does not need to be remade, has never been surpassed.
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