Thursday, 2 March 2017

Black Orpheus

Marcel Camus 1959 Palm d'Or winner Black Orpheus is a real feast of sound and visuals, a dazzling carnival of a film whose colourful characters talk and dance at a frenetic pace in the sweltering hills high above Rio de Janeiro. The amazing soundtrack by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfa introduced the world to Bossa Nova, until then rarely heard outside of Brazil.

Based on the Greek tragedy of Orpheus and Eurydice the film is set in the modern context of a favela, the cast of non professional actors expertly integrated with real footage that Camus shot at the Rio carnival.

Arcade Fire used the scene where Orpheus comes across a Macumba ritual as an unofficial lyric video for their track Afterlife a couple of years ago. It's the kind of film that works amazingly well when used as visuals, you could take any scene out of context and set it to all kinds of music and it will give you fascinating results.

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