Orphée (Orpheus) Reviews
I'll be definitely buy the Criterion Blu ray and you should too
However, even though the classic story of Orpheus is easily recognizable, there are certain points in the film that render it confusing (possibly due to its "modern" interpretation).
(In French with English subtitles)
ART HOUSE FANTASY
Written and directed by poet, novelist, painter, playwright, set designer, and actor by the name of Jean Cocteau who explains to viewers what to expect beforehand, which is telling a current story by using a mythical setting. After an unexpected scuffle happen at a cafe parlor, infamous poet Orphée gets asked from a radiant looking lady calling herself the "Princess" (María Casares) to join her for a ride, to serve as a witness from an apparent hit and run of another poet. It is soon revealed that it was only a tactic, so that she can spend time with him even though Orphée is already married. The movie becomes even more strange after it was soon reveled that the lady called Princess is really "Death", except that Orphée becomes infatuated by her, creating a complicated situation. Strange, unusual and imaginative that can appeal to anybody who has an open mind.
3 out of 4 stars
Amazing special effects that have been much imitated (mirrors turning into water, for example) it's a slight film in terms of plot but visually as rich as they come.