The Bossa Nova and Black Orpheus


Apr 30 2008, 2:38

It is said that the Bossa Nova is officially turning 50 years in 2008, since the historical release of the single "Chega de Saudade"/"Bim Bom" by João Gilberto, in 1958.

Another landmark in this story is the acclaimed movie "Orfeu Negro" (Black orpheus) of 1959, directed by Marcel Camus, starring Breno Mello and Marpessa Dawn, based in Vinícius de Moraes work, "Orfeu da Conceição". This is a modern version for the greek legend of Orpheu, having Rio de Janeiro's carnival as background.

With music by Tom Jobim, Vinícius de Moraes, Luiz Bonfa e Antonio Maria, the soundtrack of this movie is deeply tuned with the arising Bossa Nova of that time, with songs such as "Manhã de Carnaval", "A Felicidade", "Samba De Orfeu" and Valsa de Euridice

For a taste of the soundtrack of probably the most important movie in Bossa Nova birth:

Amazon CD
Sample Music


Commenti accettati
Brasil Brasileiro, Bossa Nova, Samba !


  • Babs_05

    Great journal, thanks. The soundtrack is available in Black Orpheus

    Apr 30 2008, 3:03
  • neologisma

    Thank you for the remark Babs. I looked for it with different artists and couldn't find ;)

    Apr 30 2008, 12:33
  • Babs_05

    My pleasure. I had a little listen last night and it sounds great. I've tagged it for my own radios. :)

    Apr 30 2008, 15:42
  • ezwriter1

    My all-time favorite movie. I saw it back in the 1980's, and I remember thinking to myself "someday I'm going to go visit that crazy country where people are always dancing in the streets!"

    Lug 4 2008, 3:23
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