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Orphée (Blu-ray)


Jean Cocteau’s wildly imaginative allegorical reworking of the Orpheus myth, newly restored in 2K

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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 a dream.

This new photochemical and 2K restoration of the film from the original nitrate negative was carried out by SNC (Groupe M6) with the support of the Archives françaises du film.

Available on Blu-ray in the UK for the first time.

  • Audio commentary by Roland-François Lack
  • Souvenirs de tournage de Jean Pierre Mocky (16 mins): actor Jean Mocky looks back on Orphée
  • Jean Cocteau raconté par Pierre Bergé et Dominique Marny (36 mins)
  • Jean Cocteau and His Tricks (2008, 14 mins): assistant director Claude Pinoteau discusses the special effects Jean Cocteau used in his films
  • La villa Santo-Sospir (1951, 38 mins): a short film directed by Jean Cocteau about the villa Santo-Sospir, on Côte d'Azur, which he decorated, and his home in Villefranche-sur-mer
  • The Queer Family Tree - Reflections on Jean Cocteau (2018, 15 mins): A newly recorded interview with director John Maybury (Love is the Devil, The Edge of Love)
  • Theatrical trailer
  • 2018 re-release trailer
  • Reversible sleeve with new artwork by Edward Kinsella
  • Fully illustrated booklet with an essay by Ginette Vincendeau, an interview with Jean Cocteau from 1950, and full film credits
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SKU 5035673013267
Catalogue Number BFIB1326
Product contents 1 disc
Year 1950
Director Jean Cocteau
Format Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries France
Language(s) French
Running time 95 min
Blu-ray region B
Certificate PG
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