Orphee DVD

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Cocteau's fantastical updating of the Orpheus legend is cinematic poetry. Unforgettable and profoundly influential.

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Released
27 October 2008
Directors
Actors
Format
DVD 
Publisher
Bfi Video 
Classification
Runtime
91 minutes 
Features
Black & White, PAL 
Barcode
5035673007723 
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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.

Cocteau's luminous adaptation of the famous Greek myth, set in post-occupation Paris, remains one of the most stunning achievements of the auteur's career. Orphee (Jean Marais) is a successful Parisian poet, whom--despite popular acclaim--feels isolated and uninspired. When his wife Eurydice (Marie Dea) is stricken down by leather-clad bikers, he pursues them into the underworld, where he falls into a romantic entanglement with the dark-haired beauty Death (Casares). Stunning cinematography and surrealist flairs punctuate this beautiful, hypnotic masterpiece.

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