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Orpheus

France, French, 95 mins

Original Title

Orphée
  • Director: Jean Cocteau
  • Writer: Jean Cocteau
  • Producer: André Paulvé

CGiii Comment

Much lauded and very inventive...but, it's a hard task to see it through to the end...simply because it's so under-whelming and ham-acted by Cocteau's ex and current lovers.

Keeping it in the family is rife in the film industry...here, the required talent is sadly lacking.

Definitely, made for and appreciated by a film elite.

Not for general consumption.


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The(ir) Blurb...

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.

Cast & Characters

Jean Marais as Orphee;
Francois Perier as Heurtebise;
Maria Casares as The Princess - Death;
Marie Dea as Eurydice;
Henri Cremieux as L'editeur;
Juliette Greco as Aglaonice;
Roger Blin as The Poet;
Edouard Dermithe as Jacques Cegeste;
Rene Worms as Judge;
Raymond Faure;
Pierre Bertin as Le commissaire;
Jacques Varennes as Judge;
Andre Carnege as Judge;
Claude Mauriac;
Philippe Bordier as Young Man at Cafe des Poetes

From the same director:

Beauty and the Beast Blood of a Poet (The) Storm Within (The) Testament of Orpheus Villa Santo Sospir (La)

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