Thu 01 Jan 1970 - Thu 01 Jan 1970
£7* | £5* students/under 25s | 3 films for £18*
Dir. Jean Cocteau
95 mins | 1950 | France
French with English subtitles
The screening on Wed 14 Nov will feature a special introduction from Dr Felicity Gee, lecturer in English and Film at the University of Exeter.
Newly restored to present the magic of cinema Orphée, one of the great masterpieces of the French avant-garde.
This modern re-telling of the Greek myth Orpheus, turns the lyre-playing singer into a famous Left Bank poet in post-war Paris. Fallen out of favour, Orphée (Jean Marais) becomes obsessed with a mysterious black-clad princess (Maria Casarès) and in search of inspiration for his writing, he is compelled to follow her on a journey into the underworld.
Poet, novelist, painter, playwright, filmmaker: Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) worked in many different artistic media. The breadth of his talent and the depth of his vision is perfectly expressed in Orphée; strikingly visual, it is famed for its optical effects and clever cinematic illusions.