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Orfeu Negro (1959)

A classic retelling of the “Orpheus and Eurydice” legend enacted by black performers, Orfeu Negro follows young lovers Orfeu (Breno Mello) and Eurydice (Marpessa Dawn) run through the favelas of Rio during Carnaval. On the lam from a hitman dressed like Death (Ademar Da Silva) and Orfeu’s vengeful fiancée Mira (Lourdes de Oliveira), the film passes between moments of fantasy and stark reality. Directed by Marcel Camus. Released in 1959.