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The Testament of Orpheus Details

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In his final film, Jean Cocteau brilliantly evokes memories of his past triumphs, Jean Cocteau (1930) and Jean Cocteau (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, Rovi

  • Release date:February 18, 1960

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Jean Cocteau Best British Film 1960 Nominee

Cast

Jean Cocteau
as Himself, the Poet
Yul Brynner
as The Court Usher
Edouard Dermit
as Cegeste
Henri Cremieux
as The Professor
Maria Casarés
as The Princess
François Perier
as Heurtebise
Jean-Pierre Léaud
as The Schoolboy
Françoise Arnoul
Claudine Auger
as Minerva
Brigitte Bardot
as Herself
Lucia Bosé
Michael Goodliffe
as English Narrator
Jean-Claude Petit
as 2nd Man-Dog
Alice Sapritch
Henry Torres
as The Master of Ceremonies
Roger Vadim
Marie-Josephe Yoyotte
as Gypsy
Annette Vadim
Jean Marais
as Oedipus
Charles Aznavour
as Himself
Françoise Christophe
as The Nurse
Nicole Courcel
as The Young Mother
Daniel Gélin
as The Intern
Nicole Courcel
as The Young Mother
Brigitte Bardot
as Herself
Henry Torres
as The Master of Ceremonies
Charles Aznavour
as Himself
Marie-Josephe Yoyotte
as Gypsy
Françoise Christophe
as The Nurse
Jean-Claude Petit
as 2nd Man-Dog
Jean Marais
as Oedipus
Michael Goodliffe
as English Narrator
Claudine Auger
as Minerva

Crew

Jean Cocteau
Director
Jean Thuillier
Producer
Jean Cocteau
Screenwriter
Georges Auric
Composer (Music Score)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Featured Music
Martial Solal
Composer (Music Score)
Marie-Josephe Yoyotte
Editor
Pierre Guffroy
Art Director
Janine Janet
Costume Designer
Janine Janet
Special Effects
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