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Orpheus (1950)

Orphée (original title)
Unrated | | Fantasy, Drama, Romance | 29 November 1950 (USA)
A poet in love with Death follows his unhappy wife into the underworld.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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François Périer ...
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The Princess - Death
Marie Déa ...
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L'éditeur
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Aglaonice
Roger Blin ...
The Poet
Edouard Dermithe ...
Paul Amiot ...
Judge
René Worms ...
Judge
Raymond Faure
Pierre Bertin ...
Le commissaire
Jacques Varennes ...
Judge
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
André Carnège ...
Judge
Claude Mauriac
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Storyline

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. Written by <P.M.Laws@education.leeds.ac.uk>

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poet | underworld | radio | mirror | death | See All (35) »

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Fantasy | Drama | Romance

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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29 November 1950 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jean-Pierre Aumont and Gerard Philippe were considered for the part of Orphee. See more »

Quotes

Heurtebise: I am letting you into the secret of all secrets, mirrors are gates through which death comes and goes. Moreover if you see your whole life in a mirror you will see death at work as you see bees behind the glass in a hive.
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Connections

Remade as Parking (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Dance of the Blessed Souls -- from Orphée et Eurydice
Written by 'Christoph Willibald Gluck'
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Pure Film Poetry
11 March 1999 | by (Lisbon, Portugal) – See all my reviews

Updating the myths is often done, but not with such absolute beauty. Maria Casares' character (Death) is haunting and alluring. The contemporary beat-generation/parisian café culture only adds to this work of art's unique charms. You may also want to check out "L'Eternel Retour"...


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