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The Testament of Orpheus

 
 
Mon, Nov 14, 2016
  • 7PM
 
 
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RUN TIME: 80min
FORMAT: 16mm
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Directed by Jean Cocteau | 1960

With Jean Cocteau, Edouard Dermithe, María Casares

Susan Sontag referred to Bresson as “an ascetic Cocteau,” noting, “Both are concerned, in their films, with depicting spiritual style.” In his adieu to cinema, Cocteau casts himself as a poet traveling through time as he encounters his creations, an odyssey rife with mythical allusions, fantastical images, and appearances by luminaries like Pablo Picasso, Jean-Pierre Leáud, Jean Marais, Brigitte Bardot, and Yul Brynner.

Bresson once said about Cocteau, "I think what cemented our friendship is that we give our souls to our films. His teemed with strokes of inspiration, which I admired to no end. In The Testament of Orpheus...Minerva is getting ready to throw her spear while the soft voice of the air hostess pronounces, 'Please fasten your seat belts and extinguish your cigarettes...' This juxtaposition of such disparate, such distant things, to express the intimate has no analog in today's cinema, and no doubt will have none in tomorrow's." 

The Testament of Orpheus is courtesy of the Reserve Film and Video Collection of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

 
 
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