1946 • 93 minutes • 1.33:1 • France
Spine: #6 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets, iTunes
The spectacular visions of enchantment, desire, and death in Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête) have become timeless icons of cinematic wonder.
1930 • 50 minutes • 1.33:1 • France
Spine: #67 Edition: Collector’s Sets
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.
Indispensable cinema classics from Janus Films and the Criterion Collection. For the devoted cinephile, these are the must-own fundamentals; for the novice film lover, this is precisely where to begin. Featuring Bergman, Kurosawa, Polanski, Brook, Cocteau, and Renoir.
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1950 • 95 minutes • 1.33:1 • France
Spine: #68 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets
Jean Cocteau’s update of the Orpheus myth depicts a famous poet (Jean Marais), scorned by the Left Bank youth, and his love for both his wife, Eurydice (Marie Déa), and a mysterious princess (Maria Casarès).
Spine: #66 Edition: DVD
In The Blood of a Poet, Orpheus, and Testament of Orpheus, Cocteau utilizes the Orphic myth to explore the complex relationships between the artist and his creations, reality and the imagination.
1959 • 80 minutes • 1.33:1 • France
Spine: #69 Edition: Collector’s Sets
In his last film, Jean Cocteau portrays an 18th-century poet who travels through time on a quest for divine wisdom. Testament of Orpheus brings full circle the journey Cocteau began in The Blood of a Poet, an exploration of the torturous relationship between the artist and his creations.