Esteemed Readers, some time ago I mentioned the movie that brought Bossa Nova to success & made it popular. Today I would like to tell you about it.
Made by Marcel Camus “Orfeu Negro/The Black Orpheus” (1959) is a Brazilian vision of the Greek myth about Orpheus & Eurydice. It is based on the play “Orfeu da Conceiçao” written by Vinicius de Moraes earlier.
The scene is set in a favela of Rio de Janeiro during the Carnival. Escaping from a mysterious man Eurydice comes to Rio to stay in a house of her cousin. She is very frightened as does not who this mysterious person is & why he chases her. There she meets Orpheus, a handsome you man playing the guitar, who is the groom of an attractive but jealous Mira. They fall in love from the first sight. Then the story reveals us mysterious essence of the Brazilian carnival, jealousy of Mira & appearing of the mysterious man, who is an allegoric personification of Death in this story. The spirit of narration becomes rather dark & turns into a thriller. In the end, Eurydice dies & the modern Orpheus must come down to the modern kingdom of the Dead to find her…
I do recommend you, Esteemed Readers, to watch this poetic tragedy as it is a rare gem of the classical cinema. Here is the English link. Enjoy the movie!