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
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For the scene in which Orphee passes his hand through a glass pane, Cocteau used a vat of mercury to create the effect. See more
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.
Referenced in Broken Embraces
Dance of the Blessed Souls -- from Orphée et Eurydice
Written by 'Christoph Willibald Gluck' See more