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Testament of Orpheus

Le testament d'Orphée

Directed by Jean Cocteau
France, 1960
Fantasy, Avant-Garde


An 18th century poet travels through time in search of divine wisdom. In a mysterious wasteland, he has a series of enigmatic encounters with symbolic phantoms with whom he muses about the nature of art and his own career. Ultimately, the poet strives to achieve his rebirth as a celestial being.

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Testament of Orpheus Directed by Jean Cocteau

Critics reviews

It is Cocteau’s humility and also his glory that he neither could nor wanted to distinguish the legend of Orphée from his own – to distinguish, in other words, between cinema-vérité and cinema-lie. If this makes fools laugh today . . . it is not everyone who can follow in the path of a poet such as this.
February 01, 1964

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