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Testament of Orpheus (Le testament d'Orphée, ou ne me demandez pas pourquoi!) (1960)

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Jean Cocteau Jean Cocteau
Self - the Poet
Françoise Arnoul Françoise Arnoul
Elle-même
Claudine Auger Claudine Auger
Minerve
Charles Aznavour Charles Aznavour
Le Curieux / The Curious Man
Lucia Bosé Lucia Bosé
Une amie d'Orphée / Orphée's Friend
Yul Brynner Yul Brynner
L'huissier / Court usher
María Casares María Casares
La princesse / The Princess
Françoise Christophe Françoise Christophe
L'infirmière / The Nurse


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Testament of Orpheus

4 years, 11 months ago at Dec 14 16:31
A culmination of sorts of an artistic life, and the most deeply personal and revealing film that Jean Cocteau ever made. Testament of Orpheus is the final film in his Orphic trilogy, only this time Cocteau is Orpheus and the underworld is his own mind as we examine both the birthplace of his creativity and his memories. It’s nearly impossible to discuss the film on its own as so much of it depen... read more
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In his last film, legendary writer/artist/filmmaker Jean Cocteau portrays an 18th-century poet who travels through time on a quest for divine wisdom. In a mysterious wasteland, he meets several symbolic phantoms that bring about his death and resurrection. With an eclectic cast that includes Pablo Picasso, Jean-Pierre Leáud, Jean Marais and Yul Brynner, Testament of Orpheus (Le Testament de Orphée) brings full circle the journey Cocteau began in The Blood of a Poet, an exploration of the torturous relationship between the artist and his creations.
Release date: 18 February 1960
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Testament of Orpheus

“A culmination of sorts of an artistic life, and the most deeply personal and revealing film that Jean Cocteau ever made. Testament of Orpheus is the final film in his Orphic trilogy, only this time Cocteau is Orpheus and the underworld is his own mind as we examine both the birthplace of his creativity and his memories. It’s nearly impossible to discuss the film on its own as so much of it depends on a familiarity not only with Orpheus, but with Cocteau’s entire body of work, including the films and paintings.   Testament of Orpheus begins with the concluding scenes of Orpheus, where death (Maria Casares) and Heurtebise (Francois Perier) carted off while Cegeste (Edouard Dermithe) watches on helplessly. Right after this, Cocteau appears and begins speaking directly through the came” read more

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