BLACK ORPHEUS (Orfeu Negro)
Many movies being made today are so pretentious and rely on big budgets, and therefore unable to create something magical. This classic film (1959) is a dazzling retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth updated to the time of the carnival of Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s. Set amid outrageously serene landscapes (such as the heavenly cliffs that overlook Rio) and in landscapes of madness (the Carnival), and fused with a legendary soundtrack, this is a supremely tragic tale of love amongst the poor in Brazil. Made by French director Marcel Camus, Orfeu Negro is based on the play Orfeu da Conceição by Vinicius de Moraes and its soundtrack by two big composers: Antonio Carlos Jobim, whose song “A Felicidade” opens the film and Luiz Bonfá, whose “Manhã de carnaval” and “Samba de Orfeu” have become bossa nova classics.
Infectious Bossa Nova
The color photography combined with the enchanting music make this film enduring, unique and one of the most beloved films in the history of cinema. It is also the film that introduced the infectious Bossa Nova beat to the world. A classic gem that is rarely screened any more! I cant say enough about this wickedly beautiful film.
Black Orpheus is a Academy Award Winner (1960) and winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival. It was also winner of the (1960) Golden Award for Best Foreign Film and the BAFTA Award dor Best Foreign Language Film (1961). The film was cited by the American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat as one of his early musical influences.
This will be a high-definition screening.