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:
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.
- Black Orpheus – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Black Orpheus (DVD) – Amazon.com
- Black Orpheus (soundtrack) – Amazon.com
- Manhã de Carnaval – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Black Orpheus.zip – Mediafire download
- Black Orpheus Orfeo Negro Soundtrack – Download from rapidshare.com – Filestube.com
- Singer-Saints: Vince Guaraldi Trio – Jazz Impressions Of Black Orpheus – versions of some of the music from the film by the jazz musician best known for the soundtrack to the Charlie Brown Christmas special
- Vince Guaraldi Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus 1962 (download torrent) – TPB
- Marcel Camus – Orfeu Negro aka Black Orpheus(1959) (download torrent) – TPB