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

October

From 19 October
Curzon Bloomsbury
IFI Dublin
Tyneside Cinema

From 22 October
BFI Southbank
Ciné Lumière

From 26 October
Edinburgh Filmhouse

27 October
Penarth Pier Pavillion

29 October
Newlyn Filmhouse

From 29 October
Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast

30 October (Picturehouse Discover Tuesdays)
Little Theatre Cinema Bath
National Media Museum, Bradford
Duke of Yorks, Brighton
Dukes at Komedia, Brighton
Ritzy Brixton
Picturehouse Central
Clapham Picturehouse
Crouch End Picturehouse
East Dulwich Picturehouse
Cameo, Edinburgh
Exeter Picturehouse
Greenwich Picturehouse
Hackney Picturehouse
Regal, Henley
FACT Liverpool
Norwich Cinema City
Oxford Phoenix
Southampton Harbour Lights
Stratford East Picturehouse
Stratford Upon Avon Picturehouse
York Picturehouse

November

From 9 November
Cork Film Festival

From 11 November
Exeter Phoenix

18 November
Cork Everyman

20 November
Odyssey Cinema, Hertfordshire

25 November
Firstsite Colchester

December

2 December
Chichester New Park Cinema

Orphée (1950)

Orphée (1950)

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