Enzian takes you back to the roots of bossa nova with 'Black Orpheus'

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The legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, whose love was stronger than death but not stronger than human curiosity, has been retold by writers as varied as Ovid, Rilke, Tennessee Williams and Thomas Pynchon, but this Brazilian film version holds its own in the reboot pantheon. Here the young lovers pass not through Hades itself, but through the slums of Rio during Carnaval, pursued by a killer dressed as Death. It’s best known for introducing bossa nova to a wider audience with its soundtrack featuring Luis Bonfá and a pre-“Girl From Ipanema” Antônio Carlos Jobim. But the true revelation of the film is the radiant Marpessa Dawn as Eurydice, beautiful and melancholic, most full of life as it’s being stolen from her.

noon Saturday, June 10 | Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland | 407-629-0054 | enzian.org | $8

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