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Directed by Jean Cocteau
Produced in 1950
Main Language - French with English subtitles
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.
Length: 91 mins
Format: DVD B&W
Released: 20th October 2008
Cat No: BFIVD772
- Remastered edition: Commentary by Roland-Francois Lack
- Documentary on Jean Cocteau: 'Lies and Truth'
- Director and cast biographies
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
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. Hide
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