The Orpheus myth is transposed to post-war Paris in Cocteau’s imaginative film.
Dir Jean Cocteau
With Jean Marais, Maria Casares, François Périer, Juliette Gréco
Jean Cocteau’s celebrated transposition of the Orpheus myth to postwar Paris is an imaginative drama about love, death, art and politics, packed with allegorical characters and memorably vivid imagery. For the fittingly inventive score, he commissioned the distinguished services of his friend Georges Auric, who’d famously been a member – along with Francis Poulenc, Arthur Honegger and others – of the group of composers known as Les Six.
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