Orphée (Orpheus) Reviews

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.
January 1, 2000
Seeing Orpheus today is like glimpsing a cinematic realm that has passed completely from the scene.