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Black Orpheus

Black Orpheus

The film that introduced Bossa Nova to the world...
Jun 12, 1959 1h 40m
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Young lovers Orfeu and Eurydice run through the favelas of Rio during Carnaval, on the lam from a hitman dressed like Death and Orfeu's vengeful fiancée Mira and passing between moments of fantasy and stark reality. This impressionistic retelling of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice introduced bossa nova to the world with its soundtrack by young Brazilian composers Luiz Bonfá and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Title Black Orpheus
Companies Dispat Films, Gemma, Tupan Filmes
Countries Brazil, France, Italy
Keywords guitar, rio de janeiro, orpheus, samba, trolley, dancing in the street, based on myths, legends or folklore, carnaval