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still Orphée (Jean Cocteau, FR 1950)

Orphée

Jean Cocteau / FR, 1950 / 95 min.

A poet descends into the underworld to find his deceased love, accompanied by a mysterious Princess-who-is-Death. Jean Cocteau’s hypnotic adaptation of the Orpheus myth is still regarded as an undisputed masterpiece of avant-garde cinema. Through the looking-glass, into dreamland.

poster Orphée (Jean Cocteau, FR 1950)
Descending into the underworld to see your beloved again: it’s a classic tale. In the hands of poet, filmmaker and designer Jean Cocteau, the Orpheus story becomes a brilliant, surrealist parable about Death and Love.

Details

Director

Jean Cocteau

Production year

1950

Country

FR

Original title

Orphée

Length

95 min.

Language

French

Subtitles

ENG

Format

DCP

Part of

Eye on Art

Eye on Art is a programme on the intersection between film and other arts. Eye on Art keeps up with current events, with presentations on contemporary artists and programmes that coincide with important exhibitions, manifestations and Eye activities.

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still from Cloacinae Serge Onnen & Sverre Fredriksen, NL 2017)

Why in Eye

A hypnotic film that takes us through the looking-glass. An enchanting trip through the underworld in search of lost love, just like in the VR experience 'Eurydice, a descent into eternity' – also screening in Eye.

Anna Abrahams
programmeur Eye

still Orphée (Jean Cocteau, FR 1950)
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