Saturday, January 11, 2014

Black Orpheus

Black Orpheus is a glorious movie with it's the colors, Brazilian culture, and throbbing samba.  It was made in 1959 but so ahead of it's time.
 Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro) is literally what its title suggests: a retelling of the "Orpheus and Eurydice" legend enacted by black performers. This time the setting is the annual Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Orpheus (Breno Mello) is a streetcar conductor; Eurydice (Marpessa Dawn) has just jilted her lover and is attempting to escape his wrath. Orpheus himself falls in love with Eurydice, whereupon her ex-lover, disguised as the Angel of Death shows up and kills Eurydice. To reclaim his lost love, Orpheus enters "Hell" (the Rio morgue) and uses supernatural methods to revive the dead girl. A multi-award winner on the international film scene, Black Orpheus features a samba musical score by Luiz Bonfa and Antonio Carlos JobimNYT
  Marpessa Dawn, is easily one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen. Gorgeous. Watch the movie here. It's so good.