Black Orpheus [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1959]

Marcel Camus' award-winning Black Orpheus comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. Portuguese and English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the French theatrical trailer, a new set of English subtitles, a remastered soundtrack, and footage that has been restored to the original film after being excised years before. As always, Criterion has done a fabulous job with this classic title, allowing it to be seen by a new generation of film enthusiasts.
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Special Features

  • Uncut version of the film, featuring four minutes of previously unseen footage
  • Remastered sound that showcases Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luis Bonfa's bossa nova score
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • English-dubbed soundtrack
  • French theatrical trailer


Black Orpheus
Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro) is literally what its title suggests: a retelling of the "Orpheus and Eurydice" legend enacted by black performers. This time the setting is the annual Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Orpheus (Breno Mello) is a streetcar conductor; Eurydice (Marpessa Dawn) has just jilted her lover and is attempting to escape his wrath. Orpheus himself falls in love with Eurydice, whereupon her ex-lover, disguised as the Angel of Death shows up and kills Eurydice. To reclaim his lost love, Orpheus enters "Hell" (the Rio morgue) and uses supernatural methods to revive the dead girl. A multi-award winner on the international film scene, Black Orpheus features a samba musical score by Luiz Bonfa and Antonio Carlos Jobim. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Breno Mello
    Breno Mello - Orpheus
  • Marpessa Dawn
    Marpessa Dawn - Eurydice
  • Lea Garcia
    Lea Garcia - Serafina
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    Lourdes de Oliveira - Mira
  • Marcel Camus
    Marcel Camus

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