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3.5
98 Ratings

Jimmy Orpheus

Directed by Roland Klick
West Germany, 1966
Drama, Romance

Synopsis

A dock worker, locked out of his shelter, is forced to wander the streets of Hamburg. In the poorer part of town, he encounters a young woman. He wants to begin an affair with her, but it is not meant to be.

Jimmy Orpheus Directed by Roland Klick

What are people saying?

  • saitosouta's rating of the film Jimmy Orpheus

    3.5 Exposed by the affect of Novelle Vague (Firstly I thought about Adriaan Ditvoorst's "Paranoia") "Jimmy Orpheus" has the unique charm of New German cinema itself. Like a sludge creeping in ditch, an unkempt bastard roams around the darkest city whose darkness is full of stagnate melancholia. While whimsical air and gloomy atmosphere coexist, dir. Krick make them delve into the darkness attractively. Darkly gritty.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Jimmy Orpheus

    For a moment there I thought this was one of NWR's nudie cuties. But no, it's a guy wandering the streets getting into trouble, and trying to find the girl. Impressionistic with the jump cuts, it seems twice as long as it actually is.

  • Andrea's rating of the film Jimmy Orpheus

    Loved loved loved. A prescient portrait of the contemporary sadboy. The jump cuts gave me a nouvelle vague feeling - Klick does well in using editing techniques to suggest the playful, slackerish wanderings of a wayward youth in West Germany in the 60s. The running time is ideal to capture all the nuances of a one-night long always already unattainable young romance.

  • Clark Gholamipour's rating of the film Jimmy Orpheus

    Primal. How beautiful it is to find someone who is on a shared wavelength of an approach to life. Jimmy found that and was reciprocated the raw passion of a dynamic, insatiable life. Unfortunately for Jimmy, that kind of raw passion is fleeting and cannot be pinned down. Love has no place in a life that fast and uncomplicated. Poor Jimmy? No, but as the poignant musical parallel closes the film, Jimmy knows more.

  • Loz Loory's rating of the film Jimmy Orpheus

    As a short, it should have been much shorter. The only way I could tolerate this was by imagining Marlon Brando playing the lead, straight from his role in "On the Waterfront." Even so, I fell asleep during two viewing attempts. Far too long and repetitive. The jump cuts seem more like cover for poor coverage than a purposeful stylistic device. Wished he would lie down on the street and sleep.

  • Huwa's rating of the film Jimmy Orpheus

    Existential european auteur, late night wandering. A touch of symbolism with his after midnight flame, but grounded in the streets, doorways and fog. Playful moodiness.

  • Sunil Chopade's rating of the film Jimmy Orpheus

    What a long night. Like other viewers, I think this would have worked better at a more truly punk 30 minutes or so, as it gets a bit boring in its last quarter. Still, the film's opening salvo has so much editing verve that it hardly looks like it's aged.

  • Daniel's rating of the film Jimmy Orpheus

    Jimmy Orpheus is indeed a moody portrait of a young man, but in the best way. What really makes this film stand out is the jump cuts. It moves quickly, and often with delightfully disorienting images interspersed. In the scope of lusty, lurking, lonely-men cinema, this film does something distinctly different. I found the female lead to be entirely captivating and feminist. A good pick, and a good intro to Klick!

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