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Product Details

  • Actors: Jean Marais, Francois Perier, Maria Casares, Marie Dea, Henri Cremieux
  • Directors: Jean Cocteau
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, Special Edition, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: Aug. 30 2011
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B005152CBE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,174 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
• Audio commentary by French film scholar James Williams
• Jean Cocteau: Autobiography of an Unknown, a 1984 feature-length documentary
• Video piece from 2008 featuring assistant director Claude Pinoteau on the special effects in the film
• 40 Minutes with Jean Cocteau, an interview with the director from 1957
• In Search of Jazz, a 1956 interview with Cocteau on the use of jazz in the film
• La villa Santo-Sospir, a 16 mm color Cocteau film from 1951
• Gallery of images by French film portrait photographer Roger Corbeau
• Raw newsreel footage of the Saint-Cyr military academy ruins, a location used in the film
• Theatrical trailer
• PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by author Mark Polizzotti, selected Cocteau writings on the film, and an essay on La villa Santo-Sospir by Williams

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"Orpheus" was slightly adjusted but this actually adds to the experience. Orphée (Jean Marais) being a poet is fascinated with The Princess - Death (María Casares). So The Princess decides to bump off Orphée's wife Eurydice (Marie Déa) so she can have her way with Orphée. In the process the princess' chauffer Heurtebise (François Périer) falls in love with María. Where will all this lead?

The film "Orpheus" (1950). It starts out telling the story of Orpheus. They show how a timeless story can be applied to any time and place. I will now always think of this film when I think Orpheus. I had to use the subtitles but by the end of the film I felt that they borrowed a lot of colloquial English to make the French langrage. Either that or I could almost follow the film without subtitles. Maybe because I am not familiar with the actors of the time, I though just the right actor was picked for each part and did not replace the character with their own personality.
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"Orpheus" was slightly adjusted but this actually adds to the experience. Orphée (Jean Marais) being a poet is fascinated with The Princess - Death (María Casares). So The Princess decides to bump off Orphée's wife Eurydice (Marie Déa) so she can have her way with Orphée. In the process the princess' chauffer Heurtebise (François Périer) falls in love with María. Where will all this lead?

The film "Orpheus" (1950). It starts out telling the story of Orpheus. They show how a timeless story can be applied to any time and place. I will now always think of this film when I think Orpheus. I had to use the subtitles but by the end of the film I felt that they borrowed a lot of colloquial English to make the French langrage. Either that or I could almost follow the film without subtitles. Maybe because I am not familiar with the actors of the time, I though just the right actor was picked for each part and did not replace the character with their own personality.
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Shot after successful film adaptations of his plays "The Terrible Parents" and "the Two-Headed Eagle" as director, and Ruy Blas as scriptwriter, "Orpheus" is Cocteau's take on that Greek myth. Set in the modern world, in an unnamed European country, with a story that could also happen all around the world as the myth is universal, Orpheus falls in love with Death as it takes away a young poet named Cégeste, then his wife. An obsession that intrigues everyone as Cégeste's death is blamed on Orpheus. Leading to events that involve Death and surreal travels into another world's.

Working with his trusted collaborators which are George Auric as composer, Claude Pinoteau as Assistant director, and Marcel Escoffier as Costume designer, Jean Cocteau displays another chance to direct his actors (Jean Marais, Édouard Dermithe, Maria Casares, François Perier, Marie Déa). A talent I'd wish he could have displayed more in his career as movies/plays directed by him hit a poetic chord that goes beyond the word of his script. Displaying an energy that makes us realize how people like Cocteau are unique. Of course, other works Cocteau wrote like "The Eternal Return", "The Princess of Cleves", "Ruy Blas", and "The Terrible children", always end up displaying his magic through the sets, camera angles, and costumes. But Cocteau is like the Lynch and von Trier of this world; their works gain more with their presence as director.

Of the actors, everyone, and I mean everyone, is perfectly cast. Each portray their character the way he/she should be, with the perfect emotional impact to give the humanity and empathy they deserve. A trait George Auric's music also displays as it hypnotizes us into this other dimension.
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Jean Cocteau was a poet, a painter and a filmmaker. Orphee is, with "la Belle et la Bete", one of his great films.
This edition from Criterion is full of interesting extras.
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Un chef d'oe4uvre en blu ray, MAGNIFICO!!!
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