1959 / 100 min. / PG
Director: Marcel Camus
Cast: Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Lourdes de Oliveira

Black Gold x Ladies of Burlesque: BLACK ORPHEUS – The 60th Anniversary – 35mm!

Wednesday, February 20th join BLACK GOLD and Ladies of Burlesque at The Royal in celebrating the 60th anniversary of Marcel Camus’ stunningly vibrant film, BLACK ORPHEUS! Featuring a Carnival-inspired performance from the extraordinary Zyra Lee Vanity!

A limited amount of *FREE* tickets for this screening will be set aside for members of the black community. Please message Black Gold on Facebook or Instagram to reserve your complimentary ticket.

“A rhythm beats nearly constantly throughout BLACK ORPHEUS, Marcel Camus’ 1959 arthouse hit. In this retelling of the Orpheus myth, the beat draws its characters along a cycle of life and death as it repeats a story with timeless resonance situated in a particular time and place. That place is Rio de Janeiro at the height of Carnival, specifically the favelas resting high above the hills and looking down on the modern steel city below.

It’s home to Breno Mello—the film’s modern Orpheus—an easygoing, guitar-strumming cable-car operator with a reputation as a ladies’ man. Nonetheless, he’s on the verge of marrying his assertive fiancée Mira (Lourdes de Oliveira). But the arrival of a woman named Eurydice (the stunning Marpessa Dawn) disrupts those wedding plans, even while a Carnival-goer costumed as Death himself threatens the modern-day Orpheus and Eurydice’s fated-to-be love.

Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfá supply the bossa nova that the film helped introduce to the rest of the globe. Rio supplies the scenery. Between them, Camus places a pulsing parade of abundant humanity enacting a pageant suspended somewhere between reality and myth.”
– A.V. Club


Generously sponsored by The Beguiling and Gigi’s House of Frills.

Black Gold wishes to acknowledge the Haudenosaunee, the Huron-Wendat, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the original keepers of this land, for hosting Black Gold and The Royal Cinema. Today, the meeting place of Tkaronto is still the home to many Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work and present in this territory.

Upcoming Screenings:

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