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Orpheus [DVD Boxset] [Criterion Collection]

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 2 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Written and directed by Cocteau, this allegorical film retells the legend of Orpheus in a contemporary setting. Orphee (Marais) is a successful Parisian poet, whom--despite popular acclaim--feels isolated and uninspired. When his wife Eurydice (Dea) is stricken down by leather-clad bikers, he pursues them into the underworld, where he falls into a romantic entanglement with the dark-haired beauty Death (Casares). Stunning cinematography and surrealist flairs punctuate this beautiful, hypnotic masterpiece.
  • Credits
    Jean Marais, Maria Casars, Maria Casares, Maria Da, Maria Dea, Franois Prier, Francois Perier, Henri Cremieux, Juliette Greco, Roger Blin
  • Critic Reviews
    "A magical reworking of the Orpheus myth..."
    Total Film

    "...ORPHEUS shows Cocteau's taste for magic and enchantment....Seeing ORPHEUS today is like glimpsing a cinematic realm that has passed completely from the scene..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "The effects are a miracle of low-budget ingenuity, the dream-like imagery unforgettable..."

    5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] consistent triumph of the imagination and, in its own handmade way, a masterpiece of special effects..."

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