Orpheus (1950)

  • Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
  • Release Date: 1950-09-29
  • User Rating: 7.6/10 from 205 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 35min
  • Language: Français
  • Production Company: Films du Palais Royal
  • Production Country: France
  • Director: Jean Cocteau
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From 205 Ratings


At the Café des Poètes in Paris, a fight breaks out between the poet Orphée and a group of resentful upstarts. A rival poet, Cègeste, is killed, and a mysterious princess insists on taking Orpheus and the body away in her Rolls-Royce. Orphée soon finds himself in the underworld, where the Princess announces that she is, in fact, Death. Orpheus escapes in the car back to the land of the living, only to become obsessed with the car radio.


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  • Jean Marais

    as Orphée
  • François Périer

    as Heurtebise
  • María Casares

    as Death
  • Marie Déa

    as Eurydice
  • Henri Crémieux

    as Editor
  • Juliette Gréco

    as Aglaonice
  • Roger Blin

    as The Poet
  • Edouard Dermithe

    as Jacques Cégeste
  • André Carnège

    as Judge
  • René Worms

    as Judge
  • Raymond Faure

    as Journalist
  • Pierre Bertin

    as Commissioner
  • Jacques Varennes

    as Judge
  • Paul Amiot

    as Judge (uncredited)
  • Philippe Bordier

    as Young Man at Café des Poètes (uncredited)
  • Claude Borelli

    as Une bacchante (uncredited)
  • Jean-Louis Brau

    as Young Man on the Terrace of the Flora (uncredited)
  • Jean Cocteau

    as Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
  • Renée Cosima

    as Une bacchante (uncredited)
  • Jacques Doniol-Valcroze

    as Young Man at Café des Poètes (uncredited)
  • René Lacourt

    as Postman (uncredited)
  • Julien Maffre

    as Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Claude Mauriac

    as (uncredited)
  • Jean-Pierre Melville

    as Hotel Manager (uncredited)
  • Jean-Pierre Mocky

    as Band Leader (uncredited)
  • Henri San Juan

    as Young Man at Café des Poètes (uncredited)
  • Victor Tabournot

    as Young Man at Café des Poètes (uncredited)
Directing Claude Pinoteau Assistant Director
Sound Georges Auric Original Music Composer
Directing Jean Cocteau Director
Writing Jean Cocteau Writer
Production André Paulvé Executive Producer
Costume & Make-Up Marcel Escoffier Costume Design
Camera Nicolas Hayer Director of Photography
Art Jean d'Eaubonne Production Design
Editing Jacqueline Sadoul Editor
Costume & Make-Up Alexandre Marcus Makeup Artist
Sound Pierre-Louis Calvet Sound
Art Albert Volper Art Direction
Production Émile Darbon Production Manager
Production Jean-Marie Loutrel Unit Production Manager