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Orphée (Orpheus) Reviews

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½ June 2, 2014
Cocteau's update of the Orpheus myth to post war Paris. In it he casts the titular character as a truculent poet, death as a femme fatale, the underworld as a bombed out ruin and Eurydice as an annoying wet blanket.

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.
May 25, 2014
An absolute masterpiece: an essentially perfect modern retelling of a thoroughly timeless story. Being in French only made it that much more classy...just incredible.
March 23, 2014
Death falls in love with a poet & takes his wife out of jealousy. Death's chauffeur falls in love with the poet's wife. Never love can go unpunished in this tragic retelling of the famous myth.
½ October 11, 2013
Jean Cocteau was way ahead of his time.
February 28, 2013
Cocteau continues with his theme of the poet and spins it into the Orpheus legend. This film plays out smoother than blood of a poet, but he continues to invent new motifs and use continuing ones from blood of a poet.
December 29, 2012
Cocteau imagines a fascinating retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus.
½ December 10, 2012
Orpheus is an outstanding 20th century take on the classic myth.
½ December 8, 2012
Completely ruining the original myth by having the main character be completely unsympathetic and including a love triangle with death, this is the perfect example of how complete artistic freedom doesn't necessarily make a great movie. And just like The Third Man, this movie garners so much praise from critics with not a single good thing to say about the actual story. Cocteau has made better movies than this.
December 5, 2012
Another stunning work of art by a true artist
June 29, 2012
Breathtaking and memorizing.
June 14, 2012
A brillant crossing of mythology and noir, Cocteau's Orpheus is a visually beautifull film that applies a sort of poetry to every aspect of life, death, and even the after life.
Super Reviewer
May 9, 2012
Beautiful and dreamlike. A wonderfully scripted retelling of the Orpheus myth set in France circa the 1950s. The vivid imagery and imaginative direction of Cocteau will not disappoint fans of his version of "Beauty And The Beast."
April 4, 2012
This is a magical film that is loaded with some really impressive imagery throughout. Cocteau takes the world as we know it, turning it into a magical realm where mirrors are turned into portals where the dead can entire the world of the living, and car radios pick up transmitions from this world after-death. The whole film's vision of life and death is incredibly impressive for the the time and it really sucked me completely into this world. It's a film that makes you really question the balance of life and death and how they are intertwine. The poet's journey into the world of the dead to save his wife was particularly great for me, the judge panel; the gloves, everything. If I had one problem with the film it would be that I never really felt a strong romantic connection between the our main protagonist, the poet, and his wife, who was killed by lady death. Otherwise, it does pretty much exactly what I want out of film; it transports the viewer into another world and while fantastical, it still rings true in everyday life.
½ March 19, 2012
Deja llevarte al mundo de los sueños y las pasiones humanas. Una adaptación que definitivamente se goza, como un dulce de caramelo que dura hora y media y jamás empalaga.
February 18, 2012
Aussi près que cinà (C)ma obtient à la poà (C)sie pure
February 16, 2012
A delightfully convoluted film that serves as kind of a precursor to 'Eternal Sunshine', 'Defending Your Life', 'Dogma' and other films that deal with the supernatural or dreams as a bureaucratic mess. Cocteau's interpretation of the Orpheus myth is very creative and modern and different. The only problem is that at times its a little too convoluted for its own good. In other words, it becomes difficult to follow, and not in a 'fun' way, in a 'this part really doesn't need to be so complicated' way. But the majority of the film does work exceptionally well. And some of the practical effects are still impressive to this day. Definitely check it out, it's a great film.
½ January 24, 2012
An interesting spin on the Orpheus myth, Cocteau's hip take is spooky, heartfelt and worth seeing for anyone interested in french cinema.
December 27, 2011
Although the plot isn't original and it's not the first nor the last film to set the orpheus myth in a modern setting it is a great visual achievement from Cocteau, and is one of the best mythic films ever made. Even knowing the story of Orpheus doesn't stop the film from being a stand alone masterpiece.
December 15, 2011
4: No one has made, makes, or will make films like Cocteau. He is a unique visionary. Every one of his pictures is unmistakably his own. Look up auteur in a dictionary and it wouldn't be far off to find his picture there (of course he has a number of worthy competitors). The casting is perfect. I can't bring myself to imagine other actors playing these roles. Marais is his usual self, but I can't help but be drawn to Maria Casares. She is incredible as always. She perfectly personifies the character of Death, and in a very unexpected way. This vision of the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice is dream-like, magical, and yet grounded in reality, just as Cocteau's La Belle et la BÃÃ,Ã,Ã,ªte. This is part of his unique genius. Make the fairy tale or myth seem both more plausible and more magical than ever.
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