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About the Movie
Winner of both the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festivals 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: 36
- Fresh: 32
- 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.
Fresh: It is an amazing creation.
Fresh: Pic is somewhat cerebral, being mainly helped by the fresh playing of the cast.
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.
Arguably one of the most fascinating and beautiful films I ever saw, with one of the most amazing soundtracks in the history of cinema.
I am a romantic. I have loved this film from the moment I saw it in 1959.
Still sad 20 years later
Summer 1996 in Washington D.C. is the first time I watched this movie as a teenager, its easy and fascinating to watch, a timeless classic. With my Adult experience, I somehow realise what a sad human story it is, "I'm poorer than the poorest black man"...