Orpheus

Orpheus

DVD - 2011 | French
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"Orphee is a poet who becomes obsessed with Death (the Princess). They fall in love. Orphee's wife, Eurydice, is killed by the Princess' henchmen and Orphee goes after her into the Underworld. Although they have become dangerously entangled, the Princess sends Orphee back out of the Underworld, to carry on his life with Eurydice"--from www.imdb.com.
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion, c2011.
ISBN: 9781604654646
1604654643
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Orphe
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (95 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. --

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akirakato
Jan 03, 2019

Directed by Jean Cocteau in 1950 adapted from the classic Greek myth of Orpheus, this French drama depicts the story of Orpheus and his wife.
Although the special effects appear simple yet ingenious, the adapted story seems ill-contrived especially in the end where Orpheus and Eurydice get back to life and live happily thereafter.
According to the myth, Orpheus, towards the end of his life, disdained the worship of all gods except the sun, whom he called Apollo.
One early morning he went to the oracle of Dionysus at Mount Pangaion to salute his god at dawn, but was ripped to shreds by Thracian Maenads for not honoring his previous patron (Dionysus).
Orpheus met his death and he was buried in Dion.
In the film, I've never expected a happy ending.

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ManMachine
Jul 07, 2018

Do you wanna hear something so utterly demented that it's downright laughable?

In this updated tale about the myth of Orpheus there exists a truly idiotic subplot.

And, it goes like this - There's a large group of snobbish, young adult poets (and poet wannabes) who are so irrationally emotional about poetry that (when they collectively decide to hate another's poems) they will actually gather in packs and (get this!) resort to hostility and violence against the poet-outcast.

Ha! Isn't that a laughable scream?..... And, on top of this truly goofy subplot - This 1950, French production was all pretty dreary stuff to me.

Not only was Orpheus' story told in the driest and flattest fashion imaginable - But its total lack of visual imagination (where I couldn't tell the diff between the "Land of the Living" and the "Land of the Dead") left me completely unmoved.

Yep. Orpheus was yet another French production that was full of promise, but it couldn't deliver.

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1aa
May 25, 2015

Has lots of mythological and literary allusions, and tactful uses of filming techniques.

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Nursebob
Dec 17, 2014

Jean Cocteau's avant-garde interpretation of the Greek myth follows Orpheus, a frustrated Parisian poet who finds his own personal muse in the form of a sexy vampish Grim Reaper much to the consternation of his long-suffering and secretly pregnant wife, Eurydice. When Ms. Reaper (aka "The Princess") winds up claiming Eurydice, Orpheus enlists the aid of one of her netherworld henchmen in order to journey to Hades and bring her back; but he finds himself torn between his dutiful love for Eurydice and his passionate obsession for the Princess. Tears, self-sacrifice, and one terrible caveat ensue. Cocteau's use of contemporary post WWII French culture (The Princess' demonic goons are leather-clad bikers; Orpheus receives poetic inspiration via short wave radio broadcasts a la Radio Free Europe) coupled with some highly experimental camerawork makes this a solid arthouse mainstay. Considered by many to be a semi-autobiographical work, "Orpheus" examines both the inner workings of an artistic mind as well as the societal pressures exerted upon it. It's all very rich in detail, and symbolism practically oozes from every frame but, despite it's many critical accolades, I still found it rather dry and meandering. À chacun son goût.

Glencoe_Mike Oct 19, 2011

Not anywhere near as enjoyable as his Beauty and the Beast but still some mind-blowing fun.

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