Oscar Movies: Black Orpheus (1959)

In 1959, the fourth year of the foreign-language Oscar category, the five nominees were: “Black Orpheus” from France, which won, “The Bridge” from the Federal Republic of Germany, “The Great War” from Italy, “Paw” from Denmark, and “The Village on the River” from the Netherlands.

 

More popular than most foreign-language films at the time, Marcel Camus' “Black Orpheus” became a must-see art-house hit in the U.S., after winning the grand jury prize, the Palme d'Or at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival.