Orpheus (Jean Cocteau, 1950)

Fr. Orphée, 95 min.

Tied with La Belle et la Bête as my favorite Cocteau film, Orphée takes from the Greek myth of Orpheus.  Every character is surprising in their own way, and there are some awesomely cool henchmen  who ride motorcycles (see below).


The poet journeys
into the underworld
to find Death



The Blood of a Poet (Jean Cocteau, 1930)

Fr. Le Sang d’un Poete, 55 min.

Cocteau’s first film, and the first film of what Criterion has dubbed the “Orphic Trilogy.”  Here he establishes themes and methods that he uses again and again in his films.


Mirrors would do well
to reflect further
before throwing back images.