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Le testament d'Orphée ()

Le testament d'Orphée, ou ne me demandez pas pourquoi! (original title)
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The Poet looks back over his life and work, recalling his inspirations and obsessions.

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Himself - the Poet
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Elle-même (uncredited)
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Minerve (uncredited)
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Le Curieux / The Curious Man (uncredited)
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Elle-même (uncredited)
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Une amie d'Orphée / Orphée's Friend (uncredited)
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L'huissier / Court usher (uncredited)
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La princesse / The Princess (uncredited)
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L'infirmière / The Nurse (uncredited)
Michèle Comte ...
La petite fille / Little girl (uncredited)
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La mère maladroite / The Young Mother (uncredited)
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Le professeur / The Professor (uncredited)
Edouard Dermithe ...
Cégeste (uncredited)
Luis Miguel Dominguín ...
Un ami d'Orphée / Orphée's Friend (uncredited)
Guy Dute ...
Le premier homme chien / 1 st Man-Horse (uncredited)
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English Narrator (uncredited) (voice)
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L'interne / The intern (uncredited)
Alice Heyliger ...
Eurydice (uncredited)
Philippe Juzan ...
1st Man-Horse (uncredited)
Serge Lifar ...
Un ami d'Orphée (uncredited)
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Dargelos / The schoolboy (uncredited)
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Oedipe (uncredited)
Daniel Moosmann ...
2nd Man-Horse (uncredited)
Brigitte Morisan ...
Antigone (uncredited)
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2nd Man-Dog (uncredited)
Philippe ...
Gustave (uncredited)
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Un ami d'Orphée (uncredited)
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Heurtebise (uncredited)
Jacqueline Roque ...
Une amie d'Orphée / Orphée's Friend (uncredited)
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Une amie d'Orphée (uncredited)
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La Reine des Gitans / Gipsy Queen (uncredited)
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Une amie d'Orphée (uncredited)
Henri Torrès ...
Le speaker (uncredited)
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Lui-même (uncredited)
Francine Weisweiller ...
The Confused Lady (uncredited)
Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte ...
Une gitane / Gipsy (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jean Cocteau

Written by

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Jean Cocteau ... ()

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Jean Thuillier ... producer: Les Editions Cinégraphiques
François Truffaut ... associate producer (uncredited)

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Roland Pontoizeau

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Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte

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Raymonde Guyot ... assistant editor

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Pierre Guffroy

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Janine Janet

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Alexandre Marcus ... makeup artist

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Irénée Leriche ... production manager
Michel Mombailly ... unit manager

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Francis Caillaud ... first assistant director
Jean-Pierre Bastid ... second assistant director (uncredited)

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Janine Janet ... sculptor
Jacques Martin ... set designer

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Pierre-André Bertrand ... sound (as Pierre Bertrand)
René Sarazin ... sound

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Pierre Durin ... special effects

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Robert Alliel ... assistant camera
Lucien Clergue ... photographer: Les photographies en marge du film ont été prises par
Yves Mirkine ... still photographer
Henri Raichi ... camera operator

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Cristóbal Balenciaga ... dress: Robe de la Dame Distraite par

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Georges Auric ... composer: theme music / musician: trumpet
François Baschet ... music supervisor (as F.B. Baschet)
Jacques Lasry ... music supervisor (as J. Lasry)
Jacques Météhen ... conductor / music recordist
Martial Solal ... musician: Piano-jazz
Christoph Willibald Gluck ... composer: "Orphée et Euridice" (uncredited)

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Lucile Costa ... script girl
Claude Pinoteau ... technical advisor

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Plot Summary

The poet Jean Cocteau is lost in space-time. He has been in the 18th century and is now turning up at different moments in professor Langevin's life. The professor has invented some bullets, which travel faster than light. With one of them he kills Cocteau, who is resurrected as his old self, but is still caught in the space between fantasy and reality. At a gypsy camp a woman saves a photo out of the fire and restores it. On the photo Cocteau recognizes Cégeste from his film Orphée. He tears the photo into pieces and throws it into the sea. Immediately Cégeste himself jumps out of the water. He brings Cocteau to a rogatory commission led by Heurtebise and The Princess from the film Orphée. Cocteau admits that he has constantly attempted to enter a world which is not his own, a world that is beyond the limits of man, and that disobedience is like a religion for him. The commission imposes on him the sentence of life. In a hall inside some stone ruins the goddess Athena kills Cocteau with her spear. His friends assemble around his body, but he resurrects from death, and walks away along a small road. Cégeste comes out from a rock and draws Cocteau into it, because they don't belong to life on earth. Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Also Known As
  • Le testament d'Orphée (France)
  • Testament of Orpheus (United States)
  • The Testament of Orpheus or Don't Ask Me Why (World-wide, English title)
  • Le testament d'Orphée (United States)
  • Testament of Orpheus (World-wide, English title)
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Trivia Cocteau's last film. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Beauty and the Beast: Part 1 (2014). See more »
Soundtracks Orphée et Eurydice See more »
Quotes Cégeste: It's no use. An artist always paints his own portrait. You'll never paint that flower.
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