One Night Only: Black Orpheus - May 26
Brazil, 1959, 107 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: France, Italy
Genre/Subjects: Drama, Foreign, Music, Romance
Language: Portuguese English Sub-Titles
Wednesday, May 26 at 7pm
Presented by the Central City Opera
Hosted by Howie Movshovitz
Archival 35mm presentation - Black Orpheus/Orfeu Negro, directed by Marcel Camus in 1959 moves the ancient myth of Orpheus and Eurydice from the distant Greek past to the vibrant present (in 1958-9) of Rio de Janeiro. Camus sets the film at the time of carnaval, the Brazilian version of mardi gras, and the great explosion of sensuality that precedes the onset of Lent. Orfeu (Brenno Mello) is a streecar conductor, while Eurydice (Marpessa Dawn) is a naive country girl. Camus’ film throbs with the constant sound of samba music and eruptions of color, and the actors seem to dance their way through the movie. Black Orpheus comes from a play by Brazilian writer Vinicius de Moraes, and while the film avoids the play’s focus on the social realities of life in the slums (the favellas) of Rio, it is full of life and exuberance.
Following the film, Deborah Morrow, Director of Education and Community Programs for the Central City Opera, will provide a brief overview of the Orpheus legend in opera, and Colorado Public Radio film critic Howie Movshovitz will lead a post-film discussion.
DIRECTOR: Marcel Camus
US Distributor: Janus Films