Orphee DVD

Jean Cocteau, 1950


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Film Details

Directed by Jean Cocteau

Produced in 1950

Main Language - French with English subtitles

Countries & Regions - European Film, French Film

Film Description

Cocteau's fantastical updating of the Orpheus legend is pure cinematic poetry. Jean Marais plays the man whose wife, Eurydice, is killed by a Princess's motorcycling henchmen. Through a mirror, he follows her into the Underworld, where the Princess grants them new life together. Unforgettable and profoundly influential.


DVD Details

Certificate: PG

Publisher: BFI

Length: 91 mins

Format: DVD B&W

Region: 2

Released: 20th October 2008

Cat No: BFIVD772

Subtitles: English

DVD Extras

  • Remastered edition: Commentary by Roland-Francois Lack
  • Documentary on Jean Cocteau: 'Lies and Truth'
  • Director and cast biographies

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by Anon on 15th February 2002

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... Read on


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