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Le testament d'Orphée, ou, Ne me demandez pas pourquoi

Author: Jean CocteauJean ThuillierEdouard DermitJean MaraisFrançois PérierAll authors
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, ©2000.
Series: Jean Cocteau's Orphic trilogy.; Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 69.; Classic collection (Chicago, Ill.)
Edition/Format:   DVD video : FrenchView all editions and formats
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In his last film Cocteau portrays an 18th century poet who travels through time on a quest for divine wisdom. In a mysterious wasteland, he meets several symbolic phantoms that bring about his death and resurrection. The film finished the circle of the journey begun in Blood of a Poet, exploring the torturous relationship between the artist and his creations.
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Genre/Form: Experimental films
Fiction films
Feature films
Foreign language films
Drama
Named Person: Orpheus, (Greek mythological character); Orpheus, (Greek mythological character)
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Cocteau; Jean Thuillier; Edouard Dermit; Jean Marais; François Périer; Maria Casarès; Cinédis (Firm); Editions Cinégraphiques.; Criterion Collection (Firm); Janus Films.; CANAL+ Image International (Firm)
ISBN: 078002270X 9780780022706 0780023161 9780780023161
OCLC Number: 44073497
Language Note: In French with optional English subtitles.
Notes: At head of cover title: Jean Cocteau.
"Janus Films, Canal+ Image International."
Originally released as motion picture in 1959.
1.33:1 aspect ratio.
Includes: Villa Santo Sospir / montré et commentée par Jean Cocteau. 1952. Sd., col. (36 min.).
Special features: an essay by Cocteau (from The art of cinema, 1992) and a Cocteau bibliography/filmography.
Part 3 of Jean Cocteau's Orphic trilogy.
Credits: Director of photography, Roland Pontoizeau ; editor, Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte ; music, Georges Auric, J.S. Bach, Vivaldi.
Performer(s): Cast: Jean Cocteau (the poet), Edouard Dermithe (Cégeste), Jean Marais (Oedipus), François Périer (Heurtebise), Maria Casarès (the princess), Maria Dèa, Pablo Picasso, Mme. Picasso, Yul Brynner.
Description: 1 videodisc (80 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; Dolby digital mono.
Series Title: Jean Cocteau's Orphic trilogy.; Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 69.; Classic collection (Chicago, Ill.)
Other Titles: Villa Santo Sospir.
Testament d'Orphée (Motion picture)
Testament d'Orphée
Ne me demandez pas pourquoi
Testament of Orpheus, or, Do not ask me why
Testament of Orpheus
Do not ask me why
Jean Cocteau, Testament of Orpheus
Responsibility: Cinédis présente un film de Jean Cocteau ; produit par Jean Thuillier pour Les Editions cinégraphiques.

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In his last film Cocteau portrays an 18th century poet who travels through time on a quest for divine wisdom. In a mysterious wasteland, he meets several symbolic phantoms that bring about his death and resurrection. The film finished the circle of the journey begun in Blood of a Poet, exploring the torturous relationship between the artist and his creations.

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