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This 1950 update of the Orphic myth by Jean Cocteau (Beauty and the Beast) depicts a famous poet (Jean Marais) scorned by the Left Bank youth, and his love for both his wife Eurydice (Marie Déa) and a mysterious princess (Maria Casarès). Seeking inspiration, the poet follows the princess from the world of the living to the land of the dead through Cocteau’s famous mirrored portal. Orpheus represents the legendary Cocteau at the height of his abilities for peerless visual poetry and dreamlike storytelling.
"Classic" doesn't even describe this film. It's in a league by itself. Saw this within weeks of Cocteau's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST many years ago and had to have it, too.Published 3 months ago by Linda Cappel
Gawd, I love this movie! I've been a fan of Cocteau since I first saw "La Belle et Le Bete" eons ago. I'm sad that it too me so long to discover this one. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Paula Carr
This is my favorite movie.
Rather than describe it, or why I love it, I'm just gonna triangulate it with other movie titles. Read more
You just can't miss with the Criterion Collection, and this is one of my favorites. The print is just marvelous, and the special effects remind us that directors created special... Read morePublished 17 months ago by docemeritus
Nothing worse than having the DVD break when trying to extract it from the case. There was no release to get the DVD out! Very poor case construction.Published 19 months ago by Kathleen E Evans
I ordered the Criterion ORPHEE because I was dissatisfied with the British Film Institute edition, which is clearly unrestored. Read morePublished on July 13, 2013 by A. Baker