Le Testament d'Orphée (1960) - Rotten Tomatoes

Le Testament d'Orphée (1960)





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In his final film, Jean Cocteau brilliantly evokes memories of his past triumphs, Blood of a Poet (1930) and Orpheus (1949). Cocteau casts himself as an aging poet who knows he is dying (as indeed he was); his greatest desire is to be reborn so that he can qualify for celestial immortality. The stellar cast includes such French film favorites as Jean-Pierre Léaud, Jean Marais, and François Perier, along with Hollywood's Yul Brynner and such Cocteau friends and admirers as Pablo Picasso, singer Charles Aznavour, and bullfighter Luis Miguel Dominguen. Given the influence Cocteau's influence over the French New Wave directors of the 1950s and 1960s, it is altogether appropriate that the producer of Testament of Orpheus was François Truffaut. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Jean Cocteau
as Himself the Poet
Yul Brynner
as The Court Usher
Henri Crémieux
as The Professor
María Casares
as The Princess
Jean-Pierre Léaud
as The Schoolboy
Michael Goodliffe
as English Narrator
Jean-Claude Petit
as 2nd Man-Dog
Henry Torres
as The Master of Ceremonies
Jean Marais
as Oedipus
Nicole Courcel
as The Young Mother
Daniel Gélin
as The Intern
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Cocteau is now almost seventy; the Testament is his own last will and he plays Orpheus himself. But his conception of himself is sentimental and self-indulgent.

July 11, 2019 | Full Review…

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