1959. France/Italy/Brazil. Marcel Camus. 106 min.
Friday, July 11, 2008, 6:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1959. France/Italy/Brazil. Directed by Marcel Camus. Music by Antônio Carlos Jobim, Luíz Bonfá. With Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn. Newly restored print. Vinícius de Moraes's retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Euridice, transplanted to Rio during Carnival season, was a runaway hit, winning the 1960 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for France. Equally important was Jobim and Bonfá's exuberant score, which introduced bossa nova to an international audience that was soon addicted to its caressing Brazilian rhythms. Bonfá's celebrated "Manhã de Carnaval," used as the lovers' tender leitmotif, captures Jobim's sentiment that "bossa nova is serene, it is love and romance, but it is restless." In Portuguese; English subtitles. 106 min.