Every month the Hillsborough Classic Film Society presents a classic film followed by a speaker and discussion. The society is starting the year with a showing of "Black Orpheus," a 1959 retelling of the romantic tragedy and Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.
"Black Orpheus" will be shown on Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. at the Orange County Public Library. The event is free and popcorn will also be provided.
The Hillsborough Classic Film Society was founded two years ago by husband and wife duo Michael and Gail Corrado. The couple moved from Durham to Hillsborough because they loved the town and were inspired by their shared love of film to create the society.
“Classic films are meant to be shown in an audience," Gail Corrado said. "It’s okay to sit in your den and watch a movie, but there’s something about being outside your den with other people. You’re removing yourself from the familiar and joining with others to sort of go through this experience, especially for the films that were meant to be seen that way."
Made in 1959, "Black Orpheus" is set in Rio de Janeiro and is credited for introducing the music style of bossa nova to the world. While the film is significant for its music and awards, the Hillsborough Classic Film Society chose the film for the potential discussions surrounding it, specifically around the ethics of filmmaking, Gail Corrado said.