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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
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)
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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)
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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

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Jean Cocteau

Written by

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Jean Cocteau ... ()

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André Paulvé ... executive producer

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Georges Auric

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Nicolas Hayer

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Jacqueline Sadoul ... (as J. Sadoul)

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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)

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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 Pinoteau ... technical advisor
Claude Vériat ... script supervisor (as C. Vériat)

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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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Also Known As
  • Orpheus (United States)
  • Orfeo (Spain)
  • Orfeus (Finland)
  • Орфей (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Orfeus (Denmark)
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  • 95 min
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Did You Know?

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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 »
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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