Black Orpheus • 1h 47m
Directed by Marcel Camus • 1959 • Brazil, France
Starring Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Lourdes de Oliveira
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.
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Marcel Camus on BLACK ORPHEUS
The following interview with filmmaker Marcel Camus was recorded during the 1959 Cannes Film Festival, where BLACK ORPHEUS ultimately won the Palme d’Or. The interview was conducted by François Chalais for the French television program “Reflets de Cannes” and originally broadcast on May 10, 1959.
Marpessa Dawn on BLACK ORPHEUS
This rare interview with Marpessa Dawn, who plays Eurydice in BLACK ORPHEUS, was recorded for the French television program “Nord actualités télé” and originally broadcast on March 20, 1963.
Tessa Thompson on BLACK ORPHEUS