Black Orpheus @ The Rio


(France/Italy/Brazil 1958) dir. Marcel Campus 107m.
Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Lea Garcia, Lourdes De Oliveira, Adhemar Da Silva.

Winner of both an Academy Award and the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or, BLACK ORPHEUS transforms the ancient Greek myth of doomed lovers Orpheus and Eurydice into the twentieth-century explosion of movement, colour and excitement that is Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. With its eye-popping photography and glorious soundtrack, this was also the movie that kicked off a worldwide bossa nova craze.

introduction by Dominika Widlak-Manka from the BFI Education team