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Release Date:
29 November 1950 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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 »
User Reviews:
Surreal and Poetic 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)

Directed by
Jean Cocteau 
 
Writing credits
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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)
 
Thanks
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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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Orphee's obsession with deciphering hidden messages contained in random radio noise is a direct nod to the coded messages that the BBC concealed in their wartime transmissions for the French Resistance.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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Referenced in "Angels in America" (2003)See more »

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23 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Surreal and Poetic, 20 September 2004
Author: RobertF87 from Scotland

This film is an updating of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. The film updates the action to post-war France, with Orpheus (played by Jean Marais) a famous but dis-satisfied poet.

The film focuses on the themes of love and death. Most notably Orpheus falling in love with a glamorous incarnation of Death (Maria Casares).

Writer-director Jean Cocteau turns the everyday world into a magical realm. Mirrors turn to pools which are portals to other worlds, car radios pick up coded messages from Death's World. In less talented hands than Cocteau's, the delicate fantasy could have easily become ridiculous but he handles it with brilliance and the film works perfectly.

Here Cocteau creates a truly poetic film. The story is magical and entertaining and the film is filled with wonderously surreal images (particularly striking is the frequent use of filming an action performed backwards, and then reversing it which creates a very strange impression).

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