Sunday, September 22, 2013

Orpheus



1950 French Feature
Alternate Title: Orphée

Cast: Jean Marais, François Périer, María Casares, Marie Déa, Henri Crémieux, Juliette Gréco, Roger Blin and Edouard Dermithe
Writer/Director: Jean Cocteau

Synopsis:
The poet Orphée finds himself dangerously entangled with a mysterious woman known as The Princess, his personal Death.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 96% / Audience: 89%

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Book: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • BAFTA Award nomination for Best Film from any Source.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Set in contemporary Paris, the movie is a variation of the classic Greek myth of Orpheus.
  • Orpheus is the second film in Jean Cocteau's Orphic Trilogy, preceded by The Blood of a Poet and followed by Testament of Orpheus.
  • The character Orphée was played by Jean Cocteau's former lover Jean Marais, while Jacques Cégeste was played by his then-current lover, Edouard Dermithe.
  • Casting Call: Jean-Pierre Aumont, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo and Gerard Philippe.
  • Orpheus was released on DVD and Blu-ray as part of The Criterion Collection in 2000 and 2011.
  • The design of the heaven scene in Angels in America was based on the afterlife scenes in Orpheus.

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