Cover image for Le testament d'Orpheé, ou, Ne me demandez pas pourquoi Testament of Orpheus, or, Do not ask me why
Title:
Le testament d'Orpheé, ou, Ne me demandez pas pourquoi Testament of Orpheus, or, Do not ask me why
Author:
Cocteau, Jean, 1889-1963.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (116 min.) : sound, black and white & color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
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.
General Note:
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: a collection of Cocteau's writings on the film (from The art of cinema, 1992) and a Cocteau bibliography/filmography.

Part 3 of Jean Cocteau's Orphic trilogy.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
French
Added Uniform Title:
Villa Santo Sospir.
ISBN:
9780780022706
UPC:
037429143322
Format :
DVD

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In his final film, Jean Cocteau brilliantly evokes memories of his past triumphs, Blood of a Poet (1930) and Orpheus (1949). Cocteau casts himself as an aging poet who knows he is dying (as indeed he was); his greatest desire is to be reborn so that he can qualify for celestial immortality. The stellar cast includes such French film favorites as Jean-Pierre Léaud, Jean Marais, and François Perier, along with Hollywood's Yul Brynner and such Cocteau friends and admirers as Pablo Picasso, singer Charles Aznavour, and bullfighter Luis Miguel Dominguen. Given the influence Cocteau's influence over the French New Wave directors of the 1950s and 1960s, it is altogether appropriate that the producer of Testament of Orpheus was François Truffaut. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi