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Song of the Day: Manhã de Carnaval – from the movie, Black Orpheus

One of my favorite movies, Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus (1959), was shown in the wee small hours of this morning on TCM (as I wrote in my more or less regular round up of TCM’s weekly schedule, yesterday). So the film and its marvelous soundtrack have been in my mind – and my headphones – for the past day. The whole soundtrack is wonderful, but one track has always stood out:

Joao Gilberto, “Manhã de Carnaval” (“Morning of Carnival”) – from the soundtrack to the film Black Orpheus (1959)

As I wrote yesterday, Black Orpheus relocates the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice – the story of the beautiful singer who descends into the underworld to rescue his love – from ancient Greece to Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval. The movie won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and the Academy Award and Golden Globe for best foreign film.

Most of the music in the film was composed by the now-famous Brazilian musician Antônio Carlos Jobim. This song, however, was written by Luiz Bonfá, and it became something of a hit. The famous San Francisco coffee shop, Caffe Trieste, had this song on their jukebox for many, many years and it was a favorite of the poets and others who frequented the place – including me.

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Oh - and hello to Jason Isaacs.

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is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, film buff and occasional reviewer, and former private detective. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.


What's in a name... The handle "zerode" is a contraction of Zéro de Conduite, the title of Jean Vigo's 1933 movie masterpiece about schoolboy rebellion.





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