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Orpheus (2005)

 -  Short | Music  -  23 October 2005 (USA)
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Orpheus, a Memphis rock star, must travel to the Underworld to bring back his dead love, Eurydice. Based on the Greek myth.

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Orpheus is an arrogant Memphis rock star. He flirts with Persephone, bride of Hades, Lord of the Underworld. When Eurydice, Orpheus' wife, dies to be with Hades in his world, Orpheus has a change of heart and tries to reach her in the Underworld, bring her back. Persephone is caught in the middle ... Written by Joel Rose

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6 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Unless you're some sort of philistine, you will be amazed by the power and beauty of this effort by Rose, et al. It's basically a modernization of the Orpheus myth from Greek mythology, set in Memphis, in which Orpheus is a rock singer in a band with the excellent Harlan T. Bobo, Amy LaVere, and Paul Taylor; (I believe Paul Buchignani played drums on the recording they made of the Bell song "I am the Cosmos".) The kids might not get it, but if you know anything about the classical story (outside of video games, that is, sorry Roger Avery) you'll find this film subtle and ingenious. I like how he blended the story with that of Hades and Persephone as well. In the traditional Orpheus tale, Hades plays a rather small but pivotal part in the story, but in this version, he is a sly anti-hero to Orpheus' hero--not an antagonist, but a wry, minor devil to Orpheus' mortal protagonist. In the Greek version of Persephone's tale, Hades covets her for his bride but she will have none of it. So Hades works out a back-room deal with Persephone's mother in which she'll be his bride for only part of each year. This was a myth with which the Greeks explained the seasons: when Persephone is gone, it's fall and winter, when she's back, spring and summer. In THIS version of the story, there is a "love square": Orpheus loves his wife, Eurydice, but is repelled by her self-destructive side. This morbidity is exactly what attracts Hades to Eurydice. So he orchestrates a scheme in which he seduces Eurydice to her death and his bed, while Persephone falls for Orpheus. Orpheus is too blinded by rage and grief to just let Eurydice go, or to see that Persephone is in love with him. So he chases Eurydice to the underworld with the grudging help of Persephone. He oughtta love the one he's with, but hubris and the belief in the power of art (music) keep him obsessing in the wrong direction. I won't tell you what happens next, but it flips the whole "don't look back"/ Lot's wife thing on its ear ... Bravo, sirs and mademoiselles! This little movie rocks AND rolls and woos me with its wit and charm and quiet beauty!


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