Orphée (Orpheus) Reviews

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October 18, 2018
It has the mystery and elasticity of a dream, and all the farcical comic horror of chancing across the intricate contents of the Blessed Virgin's lingerie collection.
March 26, 2009
Jean Cocteau's scripting and directing give the film its proper key of unworldliness.
March 25, 2006
Somnambulistic symbolism may be art for art's sake. Maybe not. This writer finds it slightly tiresome.
February 11, 2006
Its tight cross-lacing of paranoid dreaming and poetic realism grips like a bondage corset.
March 16, 2004
Full of haunting imagery plucked from the realm of fairy tales, Orphe is one of the great cinematic fantasies of the 20th century.
January 1, 2000
Cocteau's film technique is as eccentrically sui generis as ever -- his apparent mistakes are often among his most expressive moments.
August 5, 2019
Cocteau saw film as a kind of poetry on celluloid, and never is that more clear than in Orpheus, which is the director's ultimate statement of his own artistic philosophies.
January 28, 2019
It's a familiar tale but one which feels fresh and fascinating.
January 22, 2019
A fiercely post-modern text, prefiguring the French New Wave of the 1960s to express a peculiarly French existential anxiety rising from the rubble of Nazi occupation.
December 7, 2012
A poet, novelist, painter, sculptor and opium addict, Cocteau only had time to make a handful of films. Watch Orphe and ponder what might have been.
December 7, 2012
A magical enduring classic, to be seen again and again.
October 27, 2011
Pretentious? Certainly, but full of the joy of filmmaking and there is a fairly coherent light through all the madness. It may illuminate man's obsessions and idol worship in a cautionary way, but Cocteau is also embracing those very ideas with his film.
September 13, 2011
September 12, 2011
a paragon of magical realism that transports the ancient Greek myth into the then-modern realm of postwar France
August 30, 2011
Cocteau's superb take on the Orpheus myth ascends to glorious audio and visual resolution on Criterion's stunning Blu-ray release of this seminal post-war film.
January 10, 2011
If you're the kind of amateur existentialist who admires the ring of a sentence like "look a lifetime in a mirror and you will see Death at work", then this beautiful film is for you.
October 20, 2006
Comes as close as cinema can to poetry.
April 1, 2006
Cocteau's visual imagination, leading us through mirrors into a bomb-scarred dreamworld governed by the femme fatale of Death, is enduringly magical and strongly cinematic.
June 11, 2005
October 8, 2004
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