From the archive
This film was last shown on 29 November 2018
Jean Cocteau’s haunting and visually stunning reimagining of the Orpheus myth marries classical legend with an equally mythologized version of the filmmaker’s own personal story. Jean Marais plays a famous poet caught between two worlds when, seeking inspiration for his work, he follows a mysterious woman through Cocteau’s famous mirrored portal into the land of the dead. Dreamlike, poetic, and endlessly inventive, Orphée rightly stands as Cocteau’s most widely celebrated work of cinema.
- 1 hour 35 minutes