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Rating: 9 stars


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Seen on: 01/02/2021

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Orpheus (1950)

Directed by Jean Cocteau

Fantasy | Drama | Romance

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At the Café des Poètes in Paris, a fight breaks out between the poet Orphée and a group of resentful upstarts. A rival poet, Cègeste, is killed, and a mysterious princess insists on taking Orpheus and the body away in her Rolls-Royce. Orphée soon finds himself in the underworld, where the Princess announces that she is, in fact, Death. Orpheus escapes in the car back to the land of the living, only to become obsessed with the car radio.  This film is the central part of Cocteau’s Orphic Trilogy, which consists of The Blood of a Poet (1930), Orpheus (1950) and Testament of Orpheus (1960).

Rated NR | Length 95 minutes


Jean Marais | María Casares | François Périer | Roger Blin | Juliette Gréco | Marie Déa | Henri Crémieux | Edouard Dermithe | Pierre Bertin

Viewing Notes

My only regret is that I waited so long to watch any of Cocteau’s films! Both this and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST are great works of fantasy.


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