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Orpheus ()

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

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  • Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination.
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Orphée
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Heurtebise
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The Princess - Death
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Eurydice
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L'éditeur
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Aglaonice
Roger Blin ...
The Poet
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Jacques Cégeste
André Carnège ...
Judge (as Maurice Carnège)
René Worms ...
Judge
Raymond Faure ...
Journaliste
Pierre Bertin ...
Le commissaire
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Judge
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Amiot ...
Judge (uncredited)
Philippe Bordier ...
Young Man at Café des Poètes (uncredited)
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Une bacchante (uncredited)
Jean-Louis Brau ...
Un jeune homme à la terrasse du flore (uncredited)
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Narrator (uncredited) (voice)
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)
Claude Mauriac ...
(uncredited)
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Le directeur de l'hôtel (uncredited)
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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

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Jean Cocteau

Written by

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Jean Cocteau ... ()

Produced by

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André Paulvé ... executive producer

Music by

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Georges Auric

Cinematography by

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Nicolas Hayer

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Jacqueline Sadoul ... (as J. Sadoul)

Editorial Department

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Hélène Basté ... assistant film editor (as H. Baste)

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Jean d'Eaubonne ... (as D'Eaubonne)

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Albert Volper ... (as A. Volper)

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Marcel Escoffier

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Alexandre Marcus ... makeup artist (as A. Marcus)

Production Management

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Émile Darbon ... production manager
Jean-Marie Loutrel ... unit manager (as J. Loutrel)

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Claude Pinoteau ... assistant director (as C. Pinoteau)

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Alfred Marpaux ... assistant production designer (as Marpeaux)

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Pierre-Louis Calvet ... sound (as Calvet)

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Roger Corbeau ... still photographer (as R. Corbeau)
Noël Martin ... camera operator (as N. Martin)

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Jacques Météhen ... conductor

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Sylvette Baudrot ... script assistant
Claude Vériat ... script supervisor (as C. Vériat)

Additional Crew

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Claude Pinoteau ... technical advisor

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Christian Bérard ... film dedicated to

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Grand Prix de la Critique International Venice 1950 See more »
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Also Known As
  • Orpheus (United States)
  • Orpheus (United Kingdom)
  • Orfeo (Spain)
  • Orfeus (Finland)
  • Orfeus (Denmark)
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  • 112 min
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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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Une histoire seule (1989). See more »
Soundtracks Dance of the Blessed Souls -- from Orphée et Eurydice 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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