Black Orpheus

Synopsis: In the heady atmosphere of Rio's carnival, two people meet and fall in love. Eurydice, a country girl, has run away from home to avoid a man who arrived at her her looking for her. She is convinced that he was going to kill her. She arrives in Rio to stay with her cousin Serafina. Orfeo works as a tram conductor and is engaged to Mira - as far as Mira is concerned anyways. As Eurydice and Orpheus get to know one another they fall deeply in love. Mira is mad with jealousy and when Eurydice disappears, Orfeo sets out to find her.
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Music
Director(s): Marcel Camus
Production: GAGA Communications
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min


Adaptation and dialogues by

Jacques Viot and Marcel Camus

A film by

Marcel Camus

Serafina, look how beautiful!



I am very sorry, but

you really scared me

Oh, child... are you shaking?

Poor thing...

I can feel your heart

beating... right here...

in your hand,

like a trapped bird

Let me give you something

that will help you forget

Here. It's not very pretty

It is very pretty, indeed.

Thank you very much

Let me help you

if you don't mind

but I won't be able to

guide you. I don't know Rio

I'll manage. I know this city

like the palm of my hand

I may even point you in the

right direction, if you wish

Let's go

Onions... onions

Would you like a steak?


Wonderful. Shall we

stroll around? Shall we?

The biggest necklaces,

here, the biggest necklaces

Hey, girl, let's go!

Are you done, Orpheus?

Go get your paycheck

Hey, you!

What are you doing here?

I was told to go to

the end of the line

- So? You're looking at it

- Thank you

- Are you from around here?

- No

- Where are you going?

- To my cousin's house

Well, then it's OK

Take care of this girl, Hermes.

She's looking for her cousin

He'll find your cousin

for you. He finds everything

I must go and get my paycheck

Another one for the collection.

Nice girl

- She is naive.

- Yeah, right. I know you

- Watch out, Mira is around.

- Orpheus!

- Didn't I tell you?

- Orpheus!

Sorry to break up your party.

Are you telling her fortune?

- Why not?

- No way!

With her looks, she'll only

have bad luck

You're too much of a show-off

to deserve good luck

Are you coming?

She is crazy

- Have you been to carnival?

- No, I have not

- Is that why you came?

- No

You'll end up going.

No one can resist the madness

See? There is no mistake

Just follow this path and

you'll find the place

- Thank you very much.

- My name is Hermes

If you get lost again,

please come back

I'm always here, I am

the station guard

Thanks. Some day

I'll be back

You're loaded! Hand it

over, let me see it

Did you get the directions?

Yes, thanks

- Do you know her?

- No

- Why so much fuss then?

- Because I am very kind

- Kind?!

- Isn't she cute?

- What about me? Let's go!

- Where to?

See, Hermes? He is cynical to

the point of asking "where to"

Don't you remember that

we are getting married?

- Pay attention, man!

- What eyes she has!

And I have a good

memory, you know?

I know! Poor guy!


- Where is the fifth forum?

- 1 st floor, 2nd door, right side

Take your hat off!

Fix your tie. What a mess

Let me fix it, let me

- Give me a kiss.

- There's people coming


Marriage license?

Sorry! It's for tomorrow

No, for today.

We want a license

- We want to get married, right?

- Are you sure?

- Of course! Why do you ask?

- Sorry, I was just kidding

I said that because everybody

comes here to get married

It is quite funny

Names? What is your name?

- Orpheus.

- Orpheus

Obviously, the bride's

name must be Eurydice

My name is not Eurydice.

Why do you say that?

Because everybody knows that

Orpheus loves Eurydice

Do you love some woman

called Eurydice?

I don't know any

Eurydice! What is this?

Nothing... nothing. That's

an old story. Just kidding

That's not funny at all!

I'm not interested in

these old stories, Orpheus

My name is Mira

Let's go, Mira!

Are you happy now?

You got what you wanted

- Are you buying me a ring?

- What ring?

Now that we are engaged,

you must give me a ring

- With what money?

- You did get your paycheck!

- You won't do it? - I've got

to get my guitar out of hock

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Marcel Camus

Marcel Camus (21 April 1912 – 13 January 1982) was a French film director. He is best known for Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus), which won the Palme d'Or at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival and the 1960 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. more…

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