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29 November 1950 (USA) See more »
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Orphee is a poet who becomes obsessed with Death (the Princess). They fall in love. Orphee's wife, Eurydice... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination See more »
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A timeless fantasy classic See more (44 total) »

Cast

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Jean Marais ... Orphée
François Périer ... Heurtebise
María Casares ... The Princess - Death
Marie Déa ... Eurydice
Henri Crémieux ... L'éditeur
Juliette Gréco ... Aglaonice
Roger Blin ... The Poet
Edouard Dermithe ... Jacques Cégeste
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
Philippe Bordier ... Young Man at Café des Poètes (uncredited)
Claude Borelli ... Une bacchante (uncredited)
Jean-Louis Brau ... Un jeune homme à la terrasse du flore (uncredited)

Jean Cocteau ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Renée Cosima ... Une bacchante (uncredited)
Jacques Doniol-Valcroze ... Young Man at Café des Poètes (uncredited)
René Lacourt ... Postman (uncredited)
Julien Maffre ... Un agent de police (uncredited)
Jean-Pierre Melville ... Le directeur de l'hôtel (uncredited)
Jean-Pierre Mocky ... Le chef de bande (uncredited)
Henri San Juan ... Young Man at Café des Poètes (uncredited)
Victor Tabournot ... Young Man at Café des Poètes (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jean Cocteau 
 
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(in alphabetical order)
Jean Cocteau 

Produced by
André Paulvé .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Georges Auric 
 
Cinematography by
Nicolas Hayer 
 
Film Editing by
Jacqueline Sadoul  (as J. Sadoul)
 
Production Design by
Jean d'Eaubonne  (as D'Eaubonne)
 
Set Decoration by
Albert Volper  (as A. Volper)
 
Costume Design by
Marcel Escoffier 
 
Makeup Department
Alexandre Marcus .... makeup artist (as A. Marcus)
 
Production Management
Émile Darbon .... production manager
Jean-Marie Loutrel .... unit manager (as J. Loutrel)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claude Pinoteau .... assistant director (as C. Pinoteau)
 
Art Department
Alfred Marpaux .... assistant production designer (as Marpeaux)
 
Sound Department
Pierre-Louis Calvet .... sound (as Calvet)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Corbeau .... still photographer (as R. Corbeau)
Noël Martin .... camera operator (as N. Martin)
 
Editorial Department
Hélène Basté .... assistant film editor (as H. Baste)
 
Music Department
Jacques Métehen .... conductor (as Jacques Météhen)
 
Other crew
Sylvette Baudrot .... script assistant
Claude Pinoteau .... technical advisor
Claude Vériat .... script supervisor (as C. Vériat)
 
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Christian Bérard .... film dedicated to
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Orphée" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
95 min | France:112 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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During the making of this film, Cocteau was granted the Legion d'Honneur, one of France's highest citizen honors.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.See more »
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Featured in Gremlins (1984)See more »

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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A timeless fantasy classic, 17 September 2000
Author: rdoyle29 from Winnipeg, Canada

"Orpheus" is still one of the most magical fantasy films, despite the technical advances made in special effects. The journeys through mirrors (achieved by using doubles, vats of mercury, troughs of water, and unsilvered glass) have a dreamlike quality and the zone beyond them has the haunted nightmare feeling of a 1940s neoromantic painting. A versatile poet, playwright, essayist, artist, and filmmaker, Jean Cocteau made this film when he was 60. He identified with the egotistical, death-loving Orpheus, and the hostility that characters in the movie have towards Orpheus reflect the homosexual, dilettante, politically uncommitted Cocteau's own resentment of the attacks levelled against him by the Surrealists and communists in the 1920s, and after the war by younger critics. The tribunal in the underworld is a combination of wartime resistance meetings and postwar courts set up to judge collaborators. The cryptic snatches of poems on the car radio were inspired by the coded messages sent by the BBC to the French Resistance. The casting of Jean Marais as the fading poet and Edouard Dermithe as the rising one reflects the position the two actors had in Cocteau's life. The film is at one timeless and a reflection of Paris in the postwar years.

"Orpheus" has its weaknesses, but it has worn well. While it may seem less obscure today, it has lost little of its poetic charm. Some of its particular grace comes from the performances by the handsome Marais, the striking Maria Casares, and Francois Perier.

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