Marcel Camus

Black Orpheus

Black Orpheus

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.

Film Info

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

Special 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

Purchase Options

Collector's Sets

Collector's Set

Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films

Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films

DVD Box Set

50 Discs

Ships Nov 11, 2019

$650.00

Special 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
Black Orpheus
Cast
Breno Mello
Orfeu
Marpessa Dawn
Eurídice
Lourdes de Oliveira
Mira
Léa Garcia
Serafina
Adhemar Feirrera da Silva
Death
Waldetar de Souza
Chico
Alexandre Constantino
Hermes
Jorge dos Santos
Benedito
Aurino Cassiano
Zeca
Maria Alice
Little Girl
Credits
Director
Marcel Camus
Producer
Sacha Gordine
Inspired by the play by
Vinicius de Moraes
Adaptation and dialogue
Jacques Viot
Adaptation and dialogue
Marcel Camus
Music
Antonio Carlos Jobim
Music
Luis Bonfá
Director of photography
Jean Bourgoin
Editing
Andrée Feix
Cameramen
Louis Stein
Cameramen
René Persin
Sound engineer
Amaury Leenhardt
Assistant director
Robert Mazoyer
Costume design
Isabel Pons
Production manager
Jacques Gibault
Production assistance
Silvio Autuori
Production assistance
Roger Blache

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