Join AGH Film Curator Ryan Ferguson as he discusses the use of symbolism and the visual language of Jean Cocteau’s 1950 film Orpheus. A rare Jean Cocteau sketch of Orpheus from the AGH Permanent Collection will also be on view at the screening. Jean Cocteau’s update of the Orpheus myth depicts a famous poet (Jean Marais), scorned by the Left Bank youth, and his love for both his wife, Eurydice (Marie Déa), and a mysterious princess (Maria Casarès). Seeking inspiration, the poet follows the princess from the world of the living to the land of the dead, through Cocteau’s famous mirrored portal. Orpheus’s peerless visual poetry and dreamlike storytelling represent the legendary Cocteau at the height of his powers.
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