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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The dreamlike plot and the sometimes exceptional visuals make this film a remarkable example for Jean Cocteau's mixture of surrealistic ideas and poetical imagination. Thanks to Georges Auric's prolific score the film is also an acoustical benchmark in the histoy of experimental cinema.
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.