The Bottom Line
- A feast for the eyes, ears, and heart
- One of the most vibrant and lively films you will ever see
- Won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film and Palm d'Or at Cannes
- There are no cons
- Marcel Camus, 107 mins. 1959.
- In Portuguese with English subtitles
- Uncut version includes previously unseen footage
Guide Review - Black Orpheus Criterion DVD
Among the thronging people and competing samba schools, two star-crossed lovers meet: handsome musician Orpheus (Breno Mello) falls for Eurydice (Marpessa Dawn), the woman of his dreams, on the very day he gets engaged to another (Lourdes de Oliveira). Eurydice is in Rio to escape from a mysterious stranger, but even in the irrespressible vitality of the carnival, Death lurks everywhere.
Unrivalled in terms of spectacle, lush visuals, and richly rewarding music (by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luis Bonfa), "Black Orpheus" is a film that reaches a wonderfully tragic climax. The ending reliably reduces me to bittersweet tears every time.