The Orpheus myth is transplanted onto the soil of Rio de Janeiro during Carnival--the one time of the year that calls for unrestrained celebration, music, dance, and costumes.
Orfeo (Mello) is a streetcar conductor and guitarist engaged to Mira (de Oliveira), an exotic and vivacious woman who lives as if every day were Carnival. However, anyone familiar with the legend of Orpheus (as the man in Rio's marriage office is) knows that he is destined to love Eurydice
(Dawn--oddly enough, a dancer born in Pittsburgh), personified here as a newcomer to Rio who arrives in town to visit her cousin Serafina (Garcia). Eurydice has fled her hometown because she was being fo...