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Orpheus (Orphée) (1950)

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Jean-Pierre Melville Jean-Pierre Melville
Le directeur de l'hôtel
Jean-Pierre Mocky Jean-Pierre Mocky
Le chef de bande
Claude Mauriac Claude Mauriac
(uncredited)
Jean Cocteau Jean Cocteau
Narrator
Renée Cosima Renée Cosima
Une bacchante
Jacques Doniol-Valcroze Jacques Doniol-Valcroze
Young Man at Café des Poètes
Claude Borelli Claude Borelli
Une bacchante
Paul Amiot Paul Amiot
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Orpheus

3 years, 10 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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3 years, 10 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
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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 September 1950
Tags: France (4), French (4), Greek Mythology (4), Surrealism (3), Death (3), 1950s (3), 1950 (3), Marriage (2), Pregnancy (2), Radio (2), B&w (2), Mirror (1), Leather Jacket (1), Reverse Footage (1), Autograph (1), Shooting (1), Police Inspector (1), Hotel (1), Mob (1), Rescue (1)
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