Film Series

Saturday, July 26, 2008
Jean Cocteau: The Orphic Trilogy

Part of Jean Cocteau: The Orphic Trilogy

Date + Time

Saturday, July 26, 2008
1:00 p.m.

Location

Phyllis Wattis Theater

Overview

Double Feature
Orphée (Orpheus)
Jean Cocteau, 1949, 95 min.
This is, without a doubt, Cocteau's best film. Orphée is clearly based on the ancient myth in which Orpheus (Jean Marais) descends into the underworld to rescue his wife, Eurydice (Marie Déa), from death. Cocteau's vision of the afterlife is rooted in modern realities: a bombed-out urban landscape, for example, and messages from the other side communicated through a car radio.

Le Testament d'Orphée (The Testament of Orpheus)
Jean Cocteau, 1959, 80 min.
In the film that completes the cycle, Cocteau plays an 18th-century poet who travels in time. This is a wry, self-deprecating work, with the 70-year-old poet portraying his dreams, his friends and lovers, and fictional characters. The cast includes Pablo Picasso, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Jean Marais, and Yul Brynner. Cocteau's final film is an open coda to a unique career.

Admission + Ticketing

$5 general; free for SFMOMA members or with museum admission (requires a free ticket, which can be picked up in the Haas Atrium). Double features: films offered on the same date are included in one ticket. Tickets are available at the Museum (with no surcharge) or online.

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Film at SFMOMA is generously supported by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation and Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein.