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Orphée 1950

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Orphée 1950 PG

91 mins France Director. Jean Cocteau

Poet, playwright, artist and filmmaker, Jean Cocteau was one of the most significant artists of the 20th century and Orphee his finest work of cinema.

This magical retelling of the Orpheus myth turns the lyre-playing singer of Greek legend into a famous left-bank poet in postwar Paris. Fallen out of favour and lost for poetic inspiration, Orphee becomes obsessed with a mysterious black-clad princess who first claims the life of a rival poet, and then Eurydice, his wife.

With its unforgettable imagery – the dissolving mirror through which characters pass into the next world, the leather-clad, death-dealing motorcyclists, and Cocteau's magical special effects – Orphee is a work of haunting beauty that follows the poetic logic of a dream.

Directed by

Jean Cocteau

Featuring

Marie Déa

Maria Casarès

François Périer

Jean Marais

Genres

Drama

Collection

Dark Twisted Fantasy French Classics Classic Collaborations

Certificate

PG Contains mild violence

Released

1950

Country

France

Language

English

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