Cine-Source Inc. started filming an English-language remake of the Academy Award-winning "Black Orpheus" in Rio de Janeiro Feb. 10 at the "Carnival in Rio" parade.
Among the 100,000 parade participants were 5,000 dancers from Mangueira , one of the most prestigious traditional samba schools in South America. Mangueira also will serve as a major element in the plot of "Black Orpheus."The title character is the school's director, and Mangueira dancers and students will be part of the principal photography.
Producer Henry Weinstein and Cine-Source President Robert Whitmore have signed a trio of Brazilian artists to collaborate on the remake of "Black Orpheus," which, in its original version in Portuguese, won the 1959 foreign film Oscar.
The original movie was a French-Italian-Brazilian production directed by Marcel Camus and starred Marpessa Dawn and Breno Mello.
Set against the exotic pageantry of Carnival, "Black Orpheus" tells the story of a dancer who falls in love with a Brazilian musician while visiting Rio for Carnival. She is pursued by a former lover, encounters "Death" at the Carnival parade and, while fleeing Death is accidentally electrocuted at a power plant. Orpheus carries her body away and plunges to his death from a cliff.