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James River Film Festival - Jean Cocteau's Orpheus

Black Iris and James River Film Society present a Pre-festival screening!

Orpheus, (Cocteau, ’50, 94 mins., French w/ subtitles) perhaps playwright/filmmaker Jean Cocteau’s finest film achievement, an updated version of the Orpheus/Eurydice myth set in post-WWII Paris.  When popular poet Orpheus (Jean Marais) suffers writer’s block, he falls under the spell of mysterious radio messages and a seductive agent  from the underworld, and then must enter the Zone to retrieve his beloved Eurydice. The Surrealists cited their debt to Cocteau, and he was further revered by many for his lovely version of Beauty and the Beast (’46). On 16 mm projected film—old school!