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#360. Black Orpheus (Orfeu negro)

  • Year: 1959
  • Country: Brazil/France/Italy
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Production: Dispat, Gemma, Tupan Filmes, 100m
  • Director: Marcel Camus
  • Producer: Sacha Gordine
  • Screenplay: Marcel Camus, Vinicius de Moraes, Jacques Viot
  • Photography: Jean Bourgoin
  • Music: Luiz Bonfá, Antônio Carlos Jobim, João Gilberto
  • Cast: Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Lourdes de Oliveira, Léa Garcia
  • Oscar Wins: Best Foreign Language Film
  • Cannes Film Festival: Golden Palm

Abridged Book Description

Marcel Camus' restaging of the myth of Orpheus in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival was the surprise winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes and later of the Academy Award for best foreign picture. Filmed using neorealist techniques - an amateur cast and extensive location shooting in the teeming streets - it was highly praised for its vibrant depiction of Brazilian life and folklore... Self-consciously a fable, Black Orpheus is beautifully shot and wonderfully played by Marpessa Dawn and Breno Mello. Camus' depiction of the River Styx and the Ferryman Charon as a night watchman at a government building, standing in a hallway with fluttering bits of paper blowing past his feet, is unforgettable.