Black Orpheus (French). Director Marcel Camus (no kin to Novelist-Playwright Albert) has fashioned an impressive, poetic film from an adaptation of the Orpheus legend. The unknown Negro cast, the graceful transformation of the original, and the breathtaking image presented of life as a tropical carnival earned it the 1959 Grand Prix at Cannes.
The 400 Blows (French). The story of a small boy's flight from the soiled, loveless world of his parents adds up to a moving metaphor for all humanity trapped in the relentless round of daily life.
Ben-Hur. Despite shortcomings, including...