French Impressions – Orphée (PG)

Director: Jean Cocteau
Cast: Jean Marais, María Casares, Marie Déa
Language: French
Country of Origin: France
Year: 1950
Running Time: film talk 60m; film screening 95m

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Jon Davis will explore th work of one of France's most gifted and multi-talented artists Jean Cocteau.

Orphée (PG)

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 programme includes the Talk at 1pm-2pm and a Screening at 2.30pm. To book for the film only on this day, please contact the Box Office.


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