Orphée

In cinemas 19 October.

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★★★★★
“A hauntingly beautiful piece of cinema”
Wendy Ide, The Times

★★★★★
“Jean Cocteau’s 1950 variation on the Orpheus myth has the compressed and expressive brilliance of poetry”
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

This magical retelling of the Orpheus myth turns the lyre-playing singer of Greek legend into a famous left-bank poet in postwar Paris. Fallen out of favour and lost for poetic inspiration, Orphée becomes obsessed with a mysterious black-clad princess who first claims the life of a rival poet, and then Eurydice, his wife.

With its unforgettable imagery — the dissolving mirror through which characters pass into the next world, the leather-clad, death-dealing motorcyclists, and Cocteau’s magical special effects, Orphée is a work of haunting beauty that follows the poetic logic of a dream.

This new photochemical and 2K restoration of the film from the original nitrate negative were carried out by SNC (Groupe M6) with the support of the Archives françaises du film.

Venues

December

From 14 December
Broadway Nottingham

January

From 2 January
Glasgow Film Theatre

6 January
Regent Street Cinema

27 January
Stamford Arts Centre

February

2 February
Towner, Eastbourne

16 February
Watermans Cinema

18 February
Saffron Screen

April

29 April
Corn Exchange, Wallingford

Orphée (1950)

Orphée (1950)

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