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L'Aigle A Deux Têtes Details

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Pauline Kael has characterized Jean Cocteau's The Eagle with Two Heads (L'aigle a deux tetes) as an inversion of Cocteau's Jean Cocteau (1946). On surface, this is true: In Jean Cocteau, the heroine awakens the handsome, good man lurking within the beast, while in Jean Cocteau it is the woman who is aroused from her spell by the hero. The woman is a queen (Edwidge Feuillere) who is despised by the populace; the man is a poet (Cocteau regular Jean Marais), who has come to assassinate her. By breaking the evil influence holding her, the poet (who looks just like the queen's late husband) restores the queen to her innate goodness, and the two fall in love. Cocteau adapted The Eagle with Two Heads from his own stage play, which would later be staged on videotape by Michelangelo Antonioni as Michelangelo Antonioni (1980). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Edwige Feuillère
as The Queen
Jean Marais
as Stanislas
Jean Debucourt
as Felix de Willenstein
Jacques Varennes
as Count de Foehn
Gilles Queant
as Rudy

Crew

Jean Cocteau
Director
Alexandre Mnouchkine
Producer
Georges Dancigers
Producer
Jean Cocteau
Screenwriter
Christian Matras
Cinematographer
Georges Auric
Composer (Music Score)
Georges Wakhévitch
Production Designer
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