LP0306. BLACK ORPHEUS (Antônio Carlos Jobim & Luiz Bonfá), 1959 Lopert Film Soundtrack. Fontana stereo SRF 67520, factory-sealed.
“BLACK ORPHEUS (Portuguese: ORFEU NEGRO) is a 1959 film made in Brazil by French director Marcel Camus and starring Marpessa Dawn and Breno Mello. It is based on the play ORFEU DA CONCEIÇÃO by Vinicius de Moraes, which is an adaptation of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, set in the modern context of a favela in Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval. The film was an international co-production between production companies in Brazil, France and Italy.
The film is particularly noted for its soundtrack by two Brazilian composers: Antônio Carlos Jobim, whose song ‘A felicidade’ opens the film; and Luiz Bonfá, whose ‘Manhã de Carnaval’ and ‘Samba of Orpheus’ have become bossa nova classics.”