Screening, Artist's Choice

  • Film still Black Orpheus (1959), Image courtesy of Hollywood Classics 1/5
  • Film still Black Orpheus (1959), Image courtesy of Hollywood Classics 2/5
  • Film still Black Orpheus (1959), Image courtesy of Hollywood Classics 3/5
  • Film still Black Orpheus (1959), Image courtesy of Hollywood Classics 4/5
  • Film still Black Orpheus (1959), Image courtesy of Hollywood Classics 5/5

ARTIST’S CHOICE | BLACK ORPHEUS

The multi-award-winning film Black Orpheus (1959) retells the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice amidst the music, costume and dance of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

The multi-award-winning film Black Orpheus (1959) retells the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice amidst the music, costume and dance of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. The film is particularly noted for its soundtrack by two Brazilian composers – Antônio Carlos Jobim, and Luiz Bonfá – and is credited with the popularisation of bossa nova in the USA.

The film has been selected by artist Denzil Forrester. Born in Grenada in 1956, Denzil moved to London as a child in 1967 and later studied at Central School of Art and the Royal College of Art. Previously based in London, where he taught at Morley College, he moved to Cornwall in 2012 with his partner, artist Phillippa Clayden, and now lives in Truro. Denzil’s work was included in the exhibition Life Between Islands at Tate Britain earlier this year.

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