Once again the students from Film, Exhibition & Curation at the University of Edinburgh had a great time at the Glasgow Film Festival. This year they took the Brazil strand as their inspiration for a film and a party, Samba dancing and music all the way. Pics below and more info at http://carnivalfeatblackorpheus.tumblr.com/
Carnival featuring Black Orpheus
Carnival is one of the most anticipated events of the year in Brazil, and now Glasgow can ignite the fiery atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro with its very own Carnival. Kicking off the evening will be Academy Award winner Black Orpheus, a Brazilian classic that retells the Greek myth amidst the riotous colour and rhythm of Rio during Carnival. A unique vision of the country’s true culture, it will set the tone for the festivities that follow. Hop on our samba bus, where you will be whisked off to party the night away with dance workshops and free drinks, in true Brazilian style. The whole experience, not to be missed, is included in the ticket price.
Set in the environs of Brazil’s most colorful city, Black Orpheus is nonetheless an international production. With a production team from Brazil, France, and Italy it can rightly claim title as the original contribution to a truly “World Cinema.” Equally impressive was the film’s honors at the time: the Palme D’or at Cannes, The Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. It is no wonder the worldwide reception and magnitude of acclaim this film has achieved.
The glamor and romance of the film has only grown over time. Before watching the film again…or for the first time—lucky you, we should remember that this film has been an inspiration for many artists and writers and a reminder of the Greek tragedy of lovers Orpheus and Eurydice. That myth is faithfully translated and transported into a different world in director Marcel Camus’ film. Featuring an all black cast–an act of cinema radicalism in 1959–of non-professional actors, Black Orpheus is set in Rio during Carnival, the hedonistic, mysterious and sensual celebration that would soon become synonymous with Brazil and Rio. Over the years, audiences have discovered and rediscovered this film, and from its imagery and spectacle, discovered and rediscovered Brazilian culture and music as well. The film’s most lasting legacy might be its introduction of indigenous forms of Brazilian popular music and dance.
Black Orpheus introduced the world to the Bossa Nova. Composers and Writers Vinicius de Moraes, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Luis Bonfá, together with Camus, created a piece of work that is singular in its musicality. Well beloved songs such as Manhãde Carnaval (Morning of Carnival), written for the film, have become known as the first songs of the Bossa Nova movement. Underneath the music and the dancing there is a political aspect to Black Orpheus. Once a year, the Afro-Brazilian and socio-political influences of Carnival break–down the strict political and economic hierarchies within Brazil, and for a short while, everyone in Brazil is equal, well fed and happy…at least in the movies.With Carnival, we as the audience are presented with a different kind of democracy, and while the essence of Carnival evolves over time, the simple heart of the matter here within the film is one of love and of the colors, songs, and dances of Brazil–The Brazil that we have come to see in our imaginations. The Brazil we have come to love. And it is these feelings and images of this world that we hope you will experience with us tonight. We would like to thank first and foremost the Glasgow Film Festival for allowing and helping us to put on this event for you.
In association with Boteco do Brasil and the Embassy of Brazil in London