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Orpheus (Orphée) (1950)

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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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Orpheus

7 years, 2 months ago at Dec 11 7:22
“A legend is entitled to be beyond time and place.”   So says Jean Cocteau in a written prologue for his most direct wrestling with the Orpheus myth. Here, he makes not only edits and additions, but entirely new wrinkles and full scale revisions to the myth, these add layers of strangeness, poignancy, and the hint of autobiography. It towers over other fantasy films for the ways it grounds ... read more

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7 years, 2 months ago at Dec 25 16:53
Los textos, muy en caja, bien puestos en escena, le ganan a las imágenes salvo la slow motion de Marais guiado por Perier. Casares es siempre notable, es una sólida y a la vez frágil muerte. A seguir con la clave explicada en el comienzo, lo que no es muy auspicioso

A classic

1 year, 3 months ago at Nov 17 12:55
Since this movie has a really strong reputation (it is included in the ‘1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die’ list among other things), I was quite eager to check it out. By now, it was the 3rd movie I saw directed by Jean Cocteau and I guess I’m starting to get more familiar with his surrealist vibe. Recently, I also watched ‘La belle et la bête’ by Cocteau but, even if it did li... read more
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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
Tags: French (5), France (5), Greek Mythology (4), 1950 (3), Death (3), Surrealism (3), 1950s (3), Radio (2), Pregnancy (2), B&w (2), Marriage (2), Poet (1), Hit And Run (1), Portal (1), Leather Jacket (1), Autograph (1), Language French (1), Dream Like (1), Brawl (1), Bicycle (1)
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