Poet, playwright, artist and filmmaker, Jean Cocteau was one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century and Orphée his finest work of cinema.
This magical retelling of the Orpheus myth turns the lyre-playing singer of Greek Legend into a famous left-bank poet in post-war 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 dream.
- Presented in High Definition
- Feature-length commentary by Roland-François Lack
- Jean Cocteau by Pierre Bergé and Dominque Marny (2008, 35 mins)
- Memories of Filming by Jean-Pierre Mocky and Eric Le Roy (2008, 16 mins)
- Jean Cocteau and His Tricks (2008, 14 mins)
- The Queer Family Tree- Reflections on Jean Cocteau (2018, 15 mins)
- La villa Santo Sospir (1952, 38 mins)
- Theatrical trailer
- 2018 Re-release trailer
- Stills Gallery
- Illustrated booklet featuring essays by Ginette Vincendeau, Deborah Allison, William Fowler and Sarah Wood