Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Academy Award Countdown [#001]: Black Orpheus

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As The Academy Awards approach, we thought it would be nice to highlight some films that have received cinema's highest honor (via either an Oscar win or nomination). The film to kick it off? The incomparable Black Orpheus.

This 1960 Oscar Winner for Best Foreign Language film retells the timeless Greek myth of Orpheus using lush Rio De Janiero as it's backdrop and an all-black cast.

blackorpheus3Black Orpheus is the story of Orpheus and Eurydice, a couple whose love is destined, yet ill-fated. The charismatic leads, Breno Mello and Marpessa Dawn, sizzle on screen while the rhytmic Bossa Nova soundtrack is sure to keep your ears pleased.

Take a trip to Brazil without leaving your living room couch and marvel at the beauty of this classic film. Romeo and Juliet eat your hearts out!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

That actress is gorgoeus

Greg said...

I caught this movie on cable a few years back and bought it for my DVD collection. Two thumbs up!

The Cocoa Lounge said...

This ranks up there as one of my all time favorite films! Glad to see some appreciation for it after all these years.

T.Lynn said...

I've seen this movie several times -- thanks for covering it on your site. There's a newer version called "Orfeu" (1999) that's cool to see, too, and really depicts the current issues Brazil deals with. It's about time we value good work about the African Diaspora in the Americas, and I'm so glad you noted this movie. Other Brazilian movies for your readers to check out: "Quilombo" (1984), and "Xica da Silva" (1976), both my director Carlos Diegues, one of by favorites. http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0225935/

Anonymous said...

I just love Black Orpheus...it is truly one of our greatest films...

Lucas said...

It will not really have success, I feel this way.
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