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Black Orpheus


Marcel Camus

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About the Movie

Winner of both the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’'Or, Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus(Orfeu negro) brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the twentieth-century madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. With its eye-popping photography and ravishing, epochal soundtrack, Black Orpheus was an international cultural event, and it kicked off the bossa nova craze that set hi-fis across America spinning.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 34
  • Fresh: 30
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Swarms of sinuous girls and children shimmy and race to the samba beat, which is insistent through most of the footage. That's what makes the picture alive. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Dec 7, 2014

Fresh: It is an amazing creation. – TIME Magazine, Nov 15, 2013

Fresh: Pic is somewhat cerebral, being mainly helped by the fresh playing of the cast. – Variety Staff, Variety, Nov 15, 2013

Fresh: An almost irrationally infectious retelling of the Orpheus-Eurydice chestnut set during carnival and feverish with hip-swiveling hustle, exploding local color, and sleeve-worn heart. – Michael Atkinson, Village Voice, Nov 15, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Black Orpheus

As in the description, ravishing cinematography, but that's not the only quality that won this production Best International Film. The actors are stunning, the carnival and dance scenes are streety and phenomenal. The authenticity is remarkable and makes this film so fascinating, there is so much detail, that the theatricality of the subject that might scare off some viewers, should not. This is a completely engaging 'contemporary' version of an ancient myth and is a fundamental Classic!

Black Orpheus
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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1959

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