Orpheus: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1950) / Region 1
Orpheus: The Criterion Collection

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Orpheus: The Criterion Collection

Jean Cocteau's update of the Orpheus myth depicts a famous poet (Jean Marais), scorned by the Left Bank youth, and his love for both his wife, Eurydice (Marie Dea) and a mysterious princess (Mari Casares). Seeking inspiration, the poet follows the princess from the world of the living to the land of the dead, through Cocteau's famous mirrored portal. Orpheus's peerless visual poetry and dreamlike storytelling represent the legendary Cocteau at the height of his powers.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added May 17 2011
  • Production Year 1950
  • Empire SKU 1575315
  • UPC Code 715515085519
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Disc 1:
Audio Commentary Featuring French Film Scholar James S. Williams

Disc 2:
Jean Cocteau: Autobiography of an Unknown - A Feature Length Documentary
Jean Cocteau and His Tricks - a Video Interview With Assistant Director Claude Pinoteau
40 Minutes with Jean Cocteau - and Interview With The Director
In Search Of Jazz - An Interview With Cocteau On The Use of Jazz In The Film
La Villa Santo-Sospir- Film By Cocteau
Gallery Of Images By French-Film Portrait Photographer Roger Corbeau
Raw Newsreel Footage From 1950 of the Saint-Cyr Military Academy Ruins
Theatrical Trailer


  • Audio
    French Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W

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