Orpheus

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Orpheus

  • 1949 ----- b & w ----- 94 min ----- 16mm
  • (Written and directed by Jean Cocteau; with Jean Marais, Maria Casares, Maria Dea, Francois Perier) Orphee is a successful French poet. He is married to Eurydice and could be very happy if it were not for a mysterious Princess, all dressed in black, who is driven around by her chauffeur in a black Rolls Royce. The Princess and her motorcyclists are soon identified as Death and her angels; however, it is not quite so simple, for Death herself obeys mysterious orders. The levels of meaning multiply as Cocteau examines the place of the poet in this, and the next, world. (In French with English subtitles)
  • Topics: (Literature, Motion Pictures: Features, Romance Languages and Literature)