Le Testament d'Orphée

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Cocteau's last film is as personal and private as its title suggests, and it makes little sense for viewers unfamiliar with his other work. It's a wry, self-conscious re-examination of a lifetime's obsessions, with Cocteau playing himself at the centre of the mythology that he created in countless books, plays, films and paintings. This mythology yields a torrent of familiar characters, situations, effects and images, all of them quoted in a spirit of bewilderment and growing disillusionment: Cocteau finally disappears into his fictional world, leaving the real world to a noisy new generation. Nothing about the film is in the least seductive except for its fundamental openness; the tone veers between gentle irony and low-key pessimism. Cocteau admirers will probably find it very moving.

By: TR

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Duration: 83 mins

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Director: Jean Cocteau
Screenwriter: Jean Cocteau
Cast: Jean Cocteau
Edouard Dermithe
Henri Crémieux
Jean-Pierre Léaud
Maria Casarès
François Périer
Jean Marais
Yul Brynner
Pablo Picasso
Lucia Bosè
Charles Aznavour
Françoise Sagan
Roger Vadim
Daniel Gélin
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