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Orphee

Dir: Jean Cocteau
Cast: Jean Marais, François Périer, María Casares
95mins   1950   Frace   PG   French    Subtitled   

This screening is being held in conjunction with the Lewes Literary Society 

This magical retelling of the Orpheus myth turns the lyre-playing singer of Greek legend into a famous left-bank poet in postwar Paris. Fallen out of favour and lost for poetic inspiration, Orphée becomes obsessed with a mysterious black-clad princess who first claims the life of a rival poet, and then Eurydice, his wife.

With its unforgettable imagery — the dissolving mirror through which characters pass into the next world, the leather-clad, death-dealing motorcyclists, and Cocteau’s magical special effects, Orphée is a work of haunting beauty that follows the poetic logic of a dream.

'Jean Cocteau's scripting and directing give the film its proper key of unworldliness' - Variety

'Seeing Orpheus today is like glimpsing a cinematic realm that has passed completely from the scene' - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times