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Orpheus (1950)

Orphée (original title)
A poet in love with Death follows his unhappy wife into the underworld.

Director:

Jean Cocteau

Writer:

Jean Cocteau
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Marais ... Orphée
François Périer ... Heurtebise
María Casares ... The Princess - Death
Marie Déa ... Eurydice
Henri Crémieux ... L'éditeur
Juliette Gréco ... Aglaonice
Roger Blin Roger Blin ... The Poet
Edouard Dermithe Edouard Dermithe ... Jacques Cégeste
Paul Amiot Paul Amiot ... Judge
René Worms René Worms ... Judge
Raymond Faure Raymond Faure
Pierre Bertin Pierre Bertin ... Le commissaire
Jacques Varennes Jacques Varennes ... Judge
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
André Carnège André Carnège ... Judge
Claude Mauriac 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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Genres:

Fantasy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

29 November 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Orpheus See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the underworld scenes were shot in the blitzed ruins of the St. Cyr military academy. 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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Dance of the Blessed Souls -- from Orphée et Eurydice
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One of the best I have ever seen
5 August 2001 | by sanatSee all my reviews

I saw the movie, or most of it, around the age of eight or nine. It made a deep impression on me, and I have wanted to watch it again. Now that I have been able to find out the name and the director, I soon will!

The special effects in the film, as I recall them, must have been fabulous for the time, and were quite dazzling even by the standards of the eighties. The movie is surreal, and though it sounds trite, this is perhaps the best description. It left one with a delicious feeling, and even after almost twenty years I feel quite thrilled when I think about it. I found the notion of being in love with death, who is portrayed by María Casarès, and whom I found incredibly attractive, was overwhelmingly wonderful. That was my interpretation at that time. I am curious to see what I would think of it now.

Certainly a terrific film for a child. I think I would still find it wonderful.


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