1960 Academy Award Winner and winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival, Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus retells the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice against the madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.
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Very beautiful visually and musically but this is more of a document of Carnival in Rio than a retelling of the Orpheus myth, which is used primarily as a vehicle to move the film along, and tie it down at the end. Ultimately, the tragedy of the Greek myth is minimized to emphasize the joy of music and life.
Disliked intensely by many Brazilian directors at the time for its interloping, tourist-friendly, all-smiling, all-Samba-ing view of their country, it is nevertheless a beautiful, colourful and entertaining film.
Really good. I liked the opening especially, the ending dragged a teeeny bit in comparison. The use of mythology was awesome and the constant dancing was amusing. Also, I loved the artistry in the visuals, like the shot of Orpheus and Euridice in the palms at the foot of the hills at the end. Very nice 8D
There's a lot of commentary about the spectacle and the spirited music. Yet it's the sobering third act that does it for me -- when Carnival is over and the make-believe of costumes has lost its lustre. The shimmering veil is yanked away, revealing the gritty reality of life in a favela even as the mythology of Orpheus and Eurydice continues to play out. Camus finds splendor in the squalor and vice versa. Powerful.
Lively international production evokes an authentic atmosphere of Rio at Carnival with colorful characters and great views of the city - but the incessant noise and dancing gets tiresome really quick, and then annoying. There are some strong moments and compelling visuals, but the simplistic story is based around an unconvincing love story. Interesting, but falls short of the classic it's been made out to be.
Film musical franco-italo-brésilien de Marcel Camus sorti en 1959. Il est adapté d'une pièce de Vinícius de Moraes, Orfeu da Conceição. Le film a reçu la Palme d'or au Festival de Cannes de la même année.