Jean Marais lying facedown in a puddle in a still from Orphée (1950)
Jean Marais lying facedown in a puddle in a still from Orphée (1950)
Orphée (1950)

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Orphée

Orpheus

Jean Cocteau | France | | PG
Film

This intensely personal reworking of the Orpheus legend is probably Cocteau’s most influential cinematic achievement.

Cocteau uses reverse slow motion and negative imagery to suggest the Underworld, while the ordinary domestic life of Mr and Mrs Orpheus is filmed realistically, elaborating the theme of the poet caught between real and imaginary worlds. This haunting and visually striking film is amongst the most remarkable attempts to fuse poetry and cinema. Starring Jean Marais, María Casares, François Périer and Juliette Gréco.

Format: Black and White, DCP
Language: French with English subtitles
Duration: 95 mins

When

Postponed

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Duration

95 mins

Rating

PG

Where

Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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