Sunday, March 13, 2005


Another smashing film by Cocteau--I liked Blood of a Poet much more, but it's an entirely different sort of film--Orpheus is not nearly so allegorical, and is constrained by a more traditional type of narrative, but there are several instances of Cocteau magic nonetheless. Orpheus must avoid the trap of celebrity, a self-indulgent concern with immortality, and an egotistical superiority to his loved ones--barring that, he must un-learn what he knows in order to defeat these character traits and re-engage his art.

I enjoyed particularly his visit to the underworld.

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