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Orpheus (1950)

Orphée (original title)
Not Rated | | Fantasy, Drama, Romance | 29 November 1950 (USA)
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 ... Jacques Cégeste
André Carnège André Carnège ... Judge (as Maurice Carnège)
René Worms René Worms ... Judge
Raymond Faure Raymond Faure ... Journaliste
Pierre Bertin Pierre Bertin ... Le commissaire
Jacques Varennes ... Judge
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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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Taglines:

Grand Prix de la Critique International Venice 1950

Genres:

Fantasy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The opening scenes set in the Cafe des Poetes were originally set to be filmed with regular extras. However, Cocteau found them to be too self-conscious and artificial so they were all dismissed. Instead, real bohemians from Paris' real café culture were drafted in. These proved to be so natural and relaxed with the café setting, they actually stayed on for two extra days after filming had finished, just hanging out in the cafés that the film crew had been using. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: The legend of Orpheus is well-known. In Greek mythology, Orpheus was a troubadour from Thrace. He charmed even the animals. His songs diverted his attention from his wife Eurydice. Death took her away from him. He descended to the netherworld and used his charm to win permission to return with Eurydice to the world of the living on the condition that he never look at her. But he looked at her and was torn to pieces by the Bacchantes. Where does our story take place and when? A ...
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Connections

Referenced in Donkey Skin (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Dance of the Blessed Souls -- from Orphée et Eurydice
Written by Christoph Willibald Gluck
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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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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

29 November 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Orpheus See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Blu-ray)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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