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Orpheus

(Film - 1949)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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This is the second film of Cocteau's trilogy starting with Blood of the poet and ending with The Testament of Orpheus. In this modern re-telling of the Greek legend, the poet Orpheus is in conflict with his wife, Eurydice, and struggles with the unknown world of "inspiration," personnified by the Princess. Like the mythical journey of Orpheus to Hades, Cocteau's protagonist must travel to the unknown, herein called "the zone," which the director filmed in the ruins of the military academy of Saint-Cyr. Cocteau's fable is delineated as a "detective story" and is replete with cinematic tricks reminiscent of Melies.(Does not circulate)
Statement of Responsibility: André Paulvé for Films du Palais Royal
Title: Orpheus
[motion picture]
Publisher: [S.l.] : [s.n.], 1949
Characteristics: 3 film reels (112 min.) : sd., b&w. ; 16 mm.
Notes: In French with English subtitles
Credits: Director, screenplay, Jean Cocteau; photography, Nicolas Hayer; music, Georges Auric.
Performers: Jean Marais, Maria Casares, Francois Périer, Juliette Greco, Maria Déa, Edouard Dermithe.
Summary: This is the second film of Cocteau's trilogy starting with Blood of the poet and ending with The Testament of Orpheus. In this modern re-telling of the Greek legend, the poet Orpheus is in conflict with his wife, Eurydice, and struggles with the unknown world of "inspiration," personnified by the Princess. Like the mythical journey of Orpheus to Hades, Cocteau's protagonist must travel to the unknown, herein called "the zone," which the director filmed in the ruins of the military academy of Saint-Cyr. Cocteau's fable is delineated as a "detective story" and is replete with cinematic tricks reminiscent of Melies.(Does not circulate)
Subject Headings: Motion pictures France Foreign films France Experimental films Feature films
Topical Term: Motion pictures
Foreign films
Experimental films
Feature films
Additional Contributors: Cocteau, Jean 1889-1963
Marais, Jean 1913-1998
Branch Call Number: M16 3950 O
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Oct 19, 2011
  • Glencoe_Mike rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Not anywhere near as enjoyable as his Beauty and the Beast but still some mind-blowing fun.

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