Black Orpheus: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1959) / Region A
Black Orpheus: The Criterion Collection

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Black Orpheus: The Criterion Collection

Winner of both the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or, Marcel Camus' Black Orpheus (Orfeu negro) brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus

and Eurydice to the twentieth-century madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. With its eye-popping photography and ravishing, epochal soundtrack, Black Orpheus was a cultural event, kicking off the bossa nova craze that set hi-fis across America spinning.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added May 17 2010
  • Production Year 1959
  • Empire SKU 1533367
  • UPC Code 715515059114
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging HD
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Archival interviews with director Marcel Camus and actress Marpessa Dawn
New video interviews with Brazilian cinema scholar Robert Stam, jazz historian Gary Giddins, and Brazilian author Ruy Castro
Looking for Black Orpheus, a French documentary
Theatrical trailer
Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Atkinson


  • Audio
    Portuguese PCM Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

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