Dir. Jean Cocteau (1950). Through the figure of Orpheus, Cocteau explores his obsession with the role of the poet, torn between the familiar and the unknown. The director's real-life lover, Jean Marais, is the poet, living in modern Paris and fascinated by a princess who is the emissary of Death. It seems a bit dated now, but on the whole, it remains a stimulating dream-world adventure, populated by a handsome cast.
Sun., Dec. 13, 6 p.m., 2009

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