In which I attempt to watch every film in The Criterion Collection and end up watching a lot that aren't. Click here for the rating system.


Black Orpheus

"Beware the man in black spandex!"

This film contains some of my favorite visual moments ever. Based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, Marcel Camus sets his lovers in the whirlwind of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro and then tears them apart. Breno Mello plays the angel-voiced Orpheus who struggles to hold onto his love (Marpessa Dawn) only to end up killing her himself. A cruel trick of fate or death or whoever that is in the black spandex and ugly mask.

Favorite moments: DVD menu page, the world of Carnival, hospital of papers.


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