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Testament of Orpheus (Criterion Collection) (1960)

Cast: Jean Cocteau, Jean Cocteau, Edouard Dermit, more...
Director: Jean Cocteau, Jean Cocteau
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Foreign, France, Experimental/Avant-Garde, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 80 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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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, All Movie Guide

TESTAMENT OF ORPHEUS is presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. This new digital transfer was created from the 35mm fine-grain master positive. The sound was mastered from a 35mm magnetic soundtrack. The sound was also carefully restored, using digital tools to minimize such audio artifacts as film pops, clicks, hums, crackle, and hiss. Telecine supervisor: Brigitte Dutray for Canal +; Telecine colorist: Jean-Marc Moreau/Vdm, Paris; Audio restoration: Ken Hansen, Heather Shaw

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