An odd retelling of the myth of Orpheus & Eurydice (you remember: she was kidnapped by Hades, he had to save her but if he looked back on the way out, he would lose her forever... and he looks), this time Orpheus (aka Orfeu, Breno Mello) is a Rio de Janeiro laborer who loves his guitar, has an overbearing girlfriend, and falls in love with the visiting Eurydice (Marpessa Dawn) at first sight. After a drawn-out (and a bit padded) love triangle bit, she is kidnapped by Death himself (actually a weird guy in a funky bodysuit), and sure enough, Orpheus heads to the rescue.
This probably isn't the way you remembered the tale -- set amidst sweaty dancers at Carnaval -- but it's certainly, well, different.
Aka Orfeu Negro.
Run time: 100 mins
In Theaters: Monday 21st December 1959
Distributed by: GAGA Communications
Production compaines: Dispat Films, Gemma, Tupan Filmes
Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Fresh: 30 Rotten: 3
IMDB: 7.5 / 10
Director: Marcel Camus
Producer: Sacha Gordine
Starring: Breno Mello as Orfeo, Marpessa Dawn as Eurydice, Marcel Camus as Ernesto, Fausto Guerzoni as Fausto, Lourdes de Oliveira as Mira, Léa Garcia as Serafina, Ademar Da Silva as Death, Alexandro Constantino as Hermes, Waldemar De Souza as Chico, Jorge Dos Santos as Benedito, Aurino Cassiano as Zeca