|Marpressa Dawn plays Eurydice in Marcel Camus' 1959 film Black Orpheus|
Black Orpheus (1959)
d. Marcel Camus
Criterion Collection #48
Black Orpheus is an outlier. First, it's in Portuguese, but made by a French director. Second, it's a filmic "one hit wonder" Marcel Camus never made another classic film. Third, it won both the Palme D'Or at Cannes and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1959 so it's not an lost masterpiece.
|Breno Mello plays Orpheus in the 1959 film Black Orpheus directed by Marcel Camus|
Here the action is transposed to the favela's of Rio de Janiero during Carneval. Eurydice is a country girl who has fled into the city- scared of the man in the death costume who is stalking her. Orpheus is a talented guitar player and leader of a significant crew for the upcoming Carneval. When set against other foreign films of the late 50s and early 60s, Black Orpheus is a pageant for the eyes and ears.
|The Carneval footage and general scenery of Brazil makes Black Orpheus worth a watch even for people who aren't into the Greek myth|