Orpheus

(1950)

Overview

At the Café des Poètes in Paris, a fight breaks out between the poet Orphée (Jean Marais) and a group of resentful upstarts. A rival poet, Cègeste (Edouard Dermit), is killed, and a mysterious princess (María Casares) insists on taking Orpheus and the body away in her Rolls-Royce. Orphée soon finds himself in the underworld, where the Princess announces that she is, in fact, Death. Orpheus escapes in the car back to the land of the living, only to become obsessed with the car radio. This film is the central part of Cocteau's Orphic Trilogy, which consists of The Blood of a Poet (1930), Orpheus (1950) and Testament of Orpheus (1960).

  1. Jean Cocteau

    Director, Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Jean Marais

    Jean Marais

    Orphée

  2. María Casares

    María Casares

    la mort

  3. François Périer

    François Périer

    Heurtebise

  4. Marie Déa

    Marie Déa

    Eurydice

  5. Juliette Gréco

    Juliette Gréco

    Aglaonice

Full Cast & Crew

Orpheus
Orpheus

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Facts

Original Title Orphée

Status Released

Release Information

  • March 1, 1950
    Premiere

    Meaning

Original Language French

Runtime 1h 36m

Budget -

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