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Directed by: Jean Cocteau

Produced: 1950

Countries & Regions: France

DVD Details

Certificate: PG

Studio: British Film Institute

Length: 91 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 20 October 2008

Cat No: BFIVD772

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Languages(s): French
Subtitles: English
Interactive Menu
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Screen ratio 1:1.33
Dolby Digital, Dolby Mono

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Orphee

Cast: Jean Marais , Maria Casares , Juliette Gréco , Francois Perier , Maria Dea , Edouard Dermithe , Roger Blin

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In Jean Cocteau’s updating of the Orpheus myth, Orphee (Jean Marais) is a famous poet whose obsession with a mysterious princess -... Read More

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In Jean Cocteau’s updating of the Orpheus myth, Orphee (Jean Marais) is a famous poet whose obsession with a mysterious princess - representing death - and a series of cryptic radio broadcasts causes him to neglect his wife. When she is killed, the guilty poet travels to the Underworld to win her back - and to find the princess. `Orphee’ is famous for its dreamlike quality, with images of mirrors and the Nazi occupation of France.

A different slant on the Orpheus legend. As always fantasy is a major part of his work. Very well cast - and a very young Juliette Greco. Plenty of Marais, who was one of the best looking male stars of the era - why didn't the director tell him not to frown in almost every shot? Or was he always this way? Well worth another view if you are a Cocteau fan.

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