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Black Orpheus

Marcel Camus

 
Black Orpheus (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France
  • 1959
  • 107 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • Portuguese
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  • Spine #48

Winner of both the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or, Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus (Orfeu negro) brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the twentieth-century madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. With its eye-popping photography and ravishing, epochal soundtrack, Black Orpheus was an international cultural event, and it kicked off the bossa nova craze that set hi-fis across America spinning.

Credits

DirectorMarcel Camus
ProducerSacha Gordine
Inspired by the play byVinicius de Moraes
Adaptation and dialogueJacques Viot and Marcel Camus
MusicAntonio Carlos Jobim and Luis Bonfá
Director of photographyJean Bourgoin
EditingAndrée Feix
CameramenLouis Stein and René Persin
Sound engineerAmaury Leenhardt
Assistant directorRobert Mazoyer
Costume designIsabel Pons
Production managerJacques Gibault
Production assistanceSilvio Autuori and Roger Blache

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Archival interviews with director Marcel Camus and actress Marpessa Dawn
  • New video interviews with Brazilian cinema scholar Robert Stam, jazz historian Gary Giddins, and Brazilian author Ruy Castro
  • Looking for “Black Orpheus,” a French documentary about Black Orpheus’s cultural and musical roots and its resonance in Brazil today
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Michael Atkinson

    Cover based on a theatrical poster

Film Essays

Black Orpheus: Dancing in the Streets

By Michael Atkinson August 18, 2010

Before Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus showed up on American and European screens in 1959, what would later be known as the “art film” came in only a few shades of glum: Bergmanesque existentialism, . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Black Orpheus

By David Ehrenstein June 07, 1999

From the moment of its first appearance, at the Cannes Film Festival in 1959—where it won the Palme d’Or—it was clear that Black Orpheus was a very special film. Taking the ancient Greek myth of . . . Read more »

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Photo Galleries

Ready for His Close-up

December 07, 2012


Film Essays

Black Orpheus: Dancing in the Streets

By Michael Atkinson August 18, 2010

Before Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus showed up on American and European screens in 1959, what would later be known as the “art film” came in only a few shades of glum: Bergmanesque existentialism, . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Black Orpheus

By David Ehrenstein June 07, 1999

From the moment of its first appearance, at the Cannes Film Festival in 1959—where it won the Palme d’Or—it was clear that Black Orpheus was a very special film. Taking the ancient Greek myth of . . . Read more »