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Testament of Orpheus

France, 1960, 95mins, Cert.PG

Film description

Beginning her career in 1957, Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte was the first black film editor to work in French cinema, and became a hugely respected editor of arthouse cinema. In Testament of Orpheus, Jean Cocteau’s swan song and the third part of his Orphic trilogy, Cocteau casts himself as an 18th-century poet travelling through time on a quest for divine wisdom. A lyrical meditation on life, death, art and poetry with a cast of Cocteau’s friends and lovers including Jean Marais, Pablo Picasso, Yul Brynner, Charles Aznavour, Jean-Pierre Leaud, and Yoyotte herself in a brief cameo.

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