“Manhã de Carnaval” (“Morning of Carnival”) — known in the US by the title “A Day in the Life of a Fool” — was composed in 1959 by Brazilian songwriters Luiz Bonfá and Antonio Maria. It appeared that year in the Portuguese-language film Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus), by French director Marcel Camus and based on a play by Vinícius de Moraes. The file is based on the play Orfeu da Conceição by Vinicius de Moraes, which is in turn an adaptation of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, setting it in the modern context of a favela in Rio de Janeiro during the Carnaval. The film was an international co-production between production companies in Brazil, France and Italy. The film is renowned for its soundtrack by bossa nova legend Antônio Carlos Jobim. Black Orpheus won the Palme d’Or at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival as well as the 1960 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the 1960 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Film.
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