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Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro) Reviews

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January 16, 2017
Black Orpheus is a film to be drunk and luxuriated in, a sensational and rewarding feast for the ears and eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 23, 2016
In terms of sheer sun-kissed pulchritude, Black Orpheus was like nothing seen before when it exploded with its bossa nova soundtrack in 1959, winning the Palme d'Or at Cannes and the Oscar for foreign film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 15, 2013
An almost irrationally infectious retelling of the Orpheus-Eurydice chestnut set during carnival and feverish with hip-swiveling hustle, exploding local color, and sleeve-worn heart.
November 15, 2013
An inspired reinvention of the underworld.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 15, 2013
It's the music, ecstatic, delirious, overwhelming, that is the star of the show: the bossa nova has never had a setting like this.
November 15, 2013
There's no question that the tale is timeless no matter where or when the story is set, and you cannot deny that the spectacular cinematography makes Black Orpheus a thrill to see, but it's the score that really makes the movie resonate.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
November 15, 2013
From the opening shot, in which two Brazilian musicians literally burst through the frame, one can sense the explosiveness of Black Orpheus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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November 15, 2013
It is an amazing creation.
November 15, 2013
For a film haunted by death, this 1959 reissue is a joyful and exuberant affair which unfolds in a swirl of colour and movement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 23, 2010
[The film has] swirling color, the excitement of samba and the accessible joy of a fabled city, not to mention a charming Orpheus in the young Brazilian Breno Mello, and a dazzling Eurydice in the American-born dancer and actress Marpessa Dawn.
August 27, 2010
The samba and bossa nova beats arent just score; they comprise the very environment of the film, as fundamental a force as the wind or the sun
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
August 17, 2010
The vibrant color of the costumes and settings and the energetic beat of the music and dance creates an intoxicating atmosphere...
July 31, 2010
Seductive blend of mythology and travelogue...there's still sensual pleasure in the urban scenery, colorful visions, and music and dance, most of it defined by joyful abandon. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 12, 2009
Infectious Samba and Bossa Nova rhythms permeate the beautifully filmed earthy Brazilian atmosphere of Carnival. "Black Orpheus" is an unforgettable classic of cinematic poetry, music, and myth.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
July 22, 2008
Pic is somewhat cerebral, being mainly helped by the fresh playing of the cast.
March 12, 2007
Despite that, Black Orpheus, while not being a cinematic full meal nevertheless is a sweet piece of candy, and thus has to be judged more on its entertainment value than its artistic value; mindful that, unlike the Orphic films of Cocteau, it, at least su
August 3, 2006
One of the great musicals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 12, 2006
Dated, to put it mildly. But still colorful, with charming lead performances and that wonderful score.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 3, 2006
Dated in its sentimentality but timeless in splendor.
April 14, 2006
Even when the streamers, confetti, and brass bands aren't there, you can see and hear them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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