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Orphée

Orpheus

(DVD - 2000 - French)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Orphée
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Jean Cocteau turns the Orpheus legend into a story of a poet and his encounter with death and the middle world.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, c2000
Branch Call Number: Fre DVD MOVIE O
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternate Title: Orpheus
Jean Cocteau, Orpheus

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Dec 17, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Jean Cocteau's avant-garde interpretation of the Greek myth follows Orpheus, a frustrated Parisian poet who finds his own personal muse in the form of a sexy vampish Grim Reaper much to the consternation of his long-suffering and secretly pregnant wife, Eurydice. When Ms. Reaper (aka "The Princess") winds up claiming Eurydice, Orpheus enlists the aid of one of her netherworld henchmen in order to journey to Hades and bring her back; but he finds himself torn between his dutiful love for Eurydice and his passionate obsession for the Princess. Tears, self-sacrifice, and one terrible caveat ensue. Cocteau's use of contemporary post WWII French culture (The Princess' demonic goons are leather-clad bikers; Orpheus receives poetic inspiration via short wave radio broadcasts a la Radio Free Europe) coupled with some highly experimental camerawork makes this a solid arthouse mainstay. Considered by many to be a semi-autobiographical work, "Orpheus" examines both the inner workings of an artistic mind as well as the societal pressures exerted upon it. It's all very rich in detail, and symbolism practically oozes from every frame but, despite it's many critical accolades, I still found it rather dry and meandering. À chacun son goût.

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