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Black Orpheus [Blu-ray] [Criterion Collection]

  • NR
  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Filmed in Eastmancolor and CinemaScope. Marpessa Dawn, the actress who plays Eurydice, was an American dancer who performed in the company of famed choreographer Katherine Dunham. The video is also available in a dubbed version; the actors who redid the dialogue have a variety of Caribbean accents. Shot on location in Rio de Janeiro, the film features actual footage of the city's 1959 carnival festivities. Vinicius de Moraes, who wrote the play on which the film is based, and Luis Bonfa and Antonio Carlos Jobim, who wrote the music, are three of Brazil's most highly regarded musicians and composers. They helped develop and popularize bossa nova, the Brazilian musical style that combined traditional samba with American jazz. Jobim is best known to Americans as the composer of "The Girl from Ipanema." The print used for the Home Vision Cinema VHS version is from the Janus collection.

    Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 1959
    Cannes Palme d'Or 1959

  • Critic Reviews
    "...[A] vivid, romantic reworking of the classic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice....BLACK ORPHEUS holds up amazingly well, its rich color and incessant samba beat as intoxicating as ever..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Brilliant color, a dynamic score and attractive performers..."
    USA Today

    3 stars out of 5 -- "The carnival scenes are exhilarating, a riot of color, music and movement..."
    Total Film

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