The Testament Of Orpheus


(out of 5)

Original title:  Le Testament D’Orphee

Jean Cocteau completes his Orphic trilogy and closes his film career with this little meditation on inspiration and art. He stars as a medieval poet who travels through time looking to find a higher wisdom that will explain the meaning of life to him. The whole thing is derived from Cocteau’s dreams, and as such is fragmented and non-linear in nature. This will be a turnoff for those unfamiliar with surrealist cinema, but fans will note that the unsure experimenter of Blood Of a Poet has grown and found a personal focus for his bizarre visions. co-stars as his Orpheus character Cegeste, as do and , who appear in an overly lengthy courtroom scene that examines Cocteau’s aspirations.


France, 1960

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