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Big screen classics

Black Orpheus

Orfeu negro

The myth of Orpheus and Euridice is transposed to Rio during Carnival, with lashings of music, dance, colour and heartfelt emotions.

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Brazil-France-Italy 1958
Dir Marcel Camus
With Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Adhemar da Silva
English subtitles
Certificate 12A

One of the world’s most famous celebratory gatherings is linked with death in this colourful, samba-rich Palme d’Or-winner that transposed the Orpheus myth to the favelas of Rio. Though expected to wed Mira, trolley conductor Orfeo falls for Euridice, herself avoiding an admirer dressed in sinister skeletal costume; soon the lovers are forced to take refuge among the Carnival’s crowds.

Also available on BFI Player.

The screening on Wed 4 Dec will be introduced by broadcaster and writer Kevin Le Gendre.


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