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Orpheus (Orphée) (1950)

Orpheus
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Jean Marais

Jean Marais

Orphée
François Périer

François Périer

Heurtebise
María Casares

María Casares

The Princess - Death
Marie Déa

Marie Déa

Eurydice
Henri Crémieux

Henri Crémieux

L'éditeur
Juliette Gréco

Juliette Gréco

Aglaonice
Roger Blin

Roger Blin

The Poet
Edouard Dermithe

Edouard Dermithe

Jacques Cégeste


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Orphee is a poet who becomes obsessed with Death (the Princess). They fall in love. Orphee's wife, Eurydice, is killed by the Princess' henchmen and Orphee goes after her into the Underworld. Although they have become dangerously entangled, the Princess sends Orphee back out of the Underworld, to carry on his life with Eurydice.
Release date: 29 November 1950
France (4), 1950s (4), French (4), Greek Mythology (4), 1950 (3), Surrealism (3), Death (3), Marriage (2), Pregnancy (2), Radio (2), Drama (1), Self Sacrifice (1), Reporter (1), Fantasy (1), Motorcycle (1), Poet (1), Foreign Language (1), Chase (1), Underworld (1), Adaptation (1)
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" I am letting you into the secret of all secrets, mirrors are gates through which death comes and goes. Moreover if you see your whole life in a mirror you will see death at work as you see bees behind the glass in a hive. "


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" The film is not perfect. The weakness in the cast is Maria Casares, as the Princess, death's embodiment. She lacks the presence for the role. Despite all the tricks of costuming and makeup, she is slight and inconsequential. Cocteau wanted either Greta Garbo or Marlene Dietrich, and to imagine either one as the Princess is to see the film with its final piece in place. (There is a moment that would have become famous if performed by either one; after the tribunal abruptly disappears, the P"


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" great interpretation of the orpheus myth by cocteau!! loved the visuals and set-up of everything (mirrors were especially nice things he made great use of!!) !! it was super cool!!"


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