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Orfeu Negro (Black Orhpeus)
Vibrant like nothinig else. If you haven’t seen it, this rendition of the Orpheus myth is a one of a kind movie. There’s nothing remotely like it. It exudes the energy and celebration of life, yet puts you right in the unexpected and chaotic face of death. So fun but so freaky. If you know the story of Orpheus, you’ll be impressed with how they updated the ancient fable. Cocteau’s Orphee is also a really wild update on it.
Orpheus is about the magic of faith and doubt. About the heights one can reach with what could only call magic - true force of will. And yet it shows what happens when one does not ultimately fully believe in what one is doing. Of all the stories that have endured throughout the centuries, Orpheus is the one that stands out to me as the ultimate warning to absolutely believe in what you are doing, to absolutely believe in your purpose. Read it, watch it, understand it. Whichever of those comes first, perhaps the rest will follow.