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Testament of Orpheus

Spine #69

May 9, 2000

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

Testament of Orpheus

Directed By: Jean Cocteau
Starring: Jean Cocteau, Edouard Dermithe, Jean Marais, Maria Casarès, Charles Aznavour, Yul Brynner, Françoise Christophe, Nicole Courcel, Henri Crémieux, Daniel Gélin, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Pablo Picasso, Francois Perier, Roger Vadim
Licensor: Studio Canal

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In his last film, legendary writer/artist/filmmaker Jean 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. With an eclectic cast that includes Pablo Picasso, Jean-Pierre Leáud, Jean Marais and Yul Brynner, Testament of Orpheus (Le Testament de Orphée) brings full circle the journey Cocteau began in The Blood of a Poet, an exploration of the torturous relationship between the artist and his creations. Criterion is proud to present the last installment of the Orphic Trilogy in a new digital transfer.

  • New English subtitle translation
  • Villa Santo Sospir, a 16mm color film by Cocteau featuring many of the locations used in Testament of Orpheus
  • A collection of Cocteau's writings on the film


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