Black Orpheus

A Brazilian Portugese movie “Black Orpheus” (1959) based on the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, which won the 1959 Cannes, 1960 Oscars for best foreign language film and 1960 Golden Globe for best foreign film.

The movie is set in the context of the Brazilian carnival at Rio de Janeiro. Eurydice (Marpessa Dawn) comes to Rio de Janeiro from somewhere and takes the tram driven by Orpheus (Breno Mello). Eurydice goes to her cousin Serafina’s house while preparations are on going for the carnival. Orpheus is already engaged to Mira (Lourdes de Oliveira) but he is not very happy with that engagement. Orpheus and Eurydice touch off great and slowly fall into love.

But Eurydice has a past, she is chased by a man dressed in skeleton and is fearing for her life. Things come to a climax at the festival which has thousands thronging the streets of Rio. Mira meanwhile has discovered that Orpheus is not loving her anymore. There are a couple of kids in the movie who are like lookouts for Orpheus and they have done a good role.

As a greek romantic tragedy, the movie has delved into the depths of human emotions of love, grief, longing, separation, despair and anguish.

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