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

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

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Released 21 January 2019

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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.

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.

Extras

• Audio commentary by Roland-François Lack
• Original theatrical trailer
• Reversible sleeve with new artwork by Edward Kinsella
• Other extras TBC
• Fully illustrated booklet with an essay by Ginette Vincendeau, an interview with Jean Cocteau from 1950 and full film credits

Additional Info

Additional Info

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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