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Orfeu (1999)

aka Orfeu

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Details: 110 mins · Português


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Orfeu is a 1999 Brazilian film directed by Carlos Diegues based on the play Orfeu da Conceição by Vinicius de Moraes. It retells the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. The film sets this legend in the modern context of Rio de Janeiro during Carnival. This film is also considered to be a much more updated, grittier remake of the 1959 film Black Orpheus. Toni Garrido stars as Orfeu, Patrícia França as Eurídice and Murilo Benício as Lucinho.

The soundtrack to the film was produced by Caetano Veloso.

Orfeu da Conceição is an adaptation of the musical form of the Greek myth of Orpheus transposed to the reality of slum's in Rio . The work marks the author's artistic meeting with Vinicius de Moraes, Antonio Carlos Jobim who put music throughout the show. The show premiered at the Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro on September 25 of 1956 with scenarios Oscar Niemeyer. Staged by the Teatro Experimental do Negro Abdias TEN was the first time a cast of black actors occupied the most famous Brazilian theater. In 2010, after 54 years and renamed just ORFEU, the musical has been remounted and produced by Showbras, directed by Aderbal Freire-Filho, musical direction by Jaques Morelenbaum and Jaime Alem and scenarios Marcos Flaksman. 16 black actors in the cast accompanied by seven musicians interpret the full text of Vinicius de Moraes and a repertoire of 46 songs the duo Tom and Vinicius over . Was presented in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasília, with extensive press coverage. The director Aderbal Freire Filho said: "staged, throughout my career as a theater director, about 100 shows. I won almost every prize the Brazilian theater (Molière, Mambembe Shell, Golden Dolphin, APCA, etc.) ... not always deserved when I won and often left to win when they probably deserved a few times ... I felt so accomplished and as justified as a theater and with the last show I created, ORFEU ... "website ORFEU

Orfeu (The Musical) by Vinicius de Moraes, music by Antonio Carlos Jobim

directed by Aderbal Freire Filho, Jaques Morelembaum and Jaime Alem

starring 16 black actors (Orfeu: Érico Bras, Eurídice: Aline Nepomuceno, Mira: Jéssica Barbosa, Poeta: Wladimir Pinheiro, Prosérpina: Thatiana Pagung, Dama Negra/Mulher do Clube Maiorais do Inferno: Isabel Fillardis, Clio: Maria Salvadora, Apolo/PC/Garçom: Eduardo Canto, Cara de Cavalo/Aristeu/Cérbero: Milton Filho, Amigo do Poeta/Prudentino: Dandara Mariana, Fernandinho/Plutão: Édio Nunes, Amigo do Poeta/Policial: Márcio Vieira, Oficial de Justiça: Patrícia Costa, Amigo do Poeta/Policial: Pedro Lima, Amigo do Poeta/Policial: Rodrigo França, Amigo do Poeta/ Manuel-vizinha-mulher da tendinha: Verônica Bonfim)

and a band with 7 musicians ( Guitar: Jaime Alem, Cello: Jaques Morelenbaum, Keyboard: João Carlos Coutinho, Percussion: Zero Telles, Bass: Rômulo Gomes, Flute: Marcelo Bernardes, Drums: Ronaldo Silva)

produced by Gil Lopes, Showbras

realized in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasília- Brasil [Brazil]

September, 2010

runtime of 110 min., in Portuguese

Synopsis Part The myth of Orpheus brings together the main themes of the poetic work of Vinicius: the alliance between music and poetry, the remarkable presence of women, the obsession with death and faith in absolute love. Vinicius de Moraes moved to the slums, a carnival holiday, the love story of tragic ending of Orpheus and Eurydice. In the musical, Orpheus, a samba singer who lives on the hill, the son of a musician and a laundress, falls in love with Eurydice. The passion between Orpheus and Eurydice awakens jealousy and desire for revenge in Mira, a former girlfriend of samba, which leads Aristaeus, in love with Eurydice, to kill her. In a Tuesday, last day of Carnival, Orpheus descends the hill and goes to the club The Rat Pack Eurydice from Hell after being killed. Already insane, he will look to see his beloved Eurydice, try to find it again. Back in the slums, lonely, he is killed by Mira and the other women açuladas for it.