Black Orpheus

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Celebrate Mardi Gras at The Loft with this Oscar-winning Carnival classic!

Winner of both the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or, Marcel Camus’ classic romantic tragedy Black Orpheus updates the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the twentieth-century, and sets it amongst the colorful, swooning madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Orfeo is a trolley car conductor engaged to the fiery and demanding Mira. However, when Orfeo meets beautiful country girl Eurydice, he is captivated by her gentle sweetness and falls instantly in love. Before they can be together, Orfeo must deal with his fiancée’s vengeful jealousy as Eurydice tries to escape a mysterious man dressed as “Death” who wants to kill her. When events take a turn toward the tragic, Orfeo must embark on a mystical journey to the land of the dead in order to save the woman he loves. Propelled by gorgeous, eye-popping color cinematography, frenzied Carnival dancing and a ravishing, epochal soundtrack by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luis Bonfa that kicked off a worldwide bossa nova craze, Black Orpheus became an international cultural event of the late 1950s, one that still resonates today as a dazzling slice of pure, deliriously rapturous cinema. (Dir. by Marcel Camus, 1959, Brazil/France, in Portuguese with English subtitles, 107 min., Not Rated) 35mm