One of cinema’s great experiments, this first installment of the Orphic Trilogy stretches the medium to its limits in an effort to capture the poet’s obsession with the struggle between the forces of life and death.
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Early film from director Jean Cocteau is a dull and pretentious surrealist film - there is some inventive imagery and some interesting camera tricks, but it's painfully slow, with lingering shots that drag on and on while annoying cartoonish music drones. Maybe I'm just didn't get it, but this is a chore to sit through.
This is my favorite film because it was the film that really opened up the process of filmmaking to me, and it is a film whose depth of imagery is still plundered today (see: Coppola's Dracula, Spike Lee's She Gotta Have It).
I made a short review of the film here:
This picture is interesting to look act... it is a work of art...almost dream like, but it only goes so far... all in all I enjoyed watching the imagination of the director. I think there are better pictures from cocteau. I can't help but think that maybe just maybe it would have been different if it was a silent picture... but who knows?