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Testament of Orpheus

(Le testament d'Orphée, ou ne me demandez pas pourquoi!)


In his last film, Cocteau portrays an 18th-century poet who travels through time on a quest for divine wisdom. In a mysterious wasteland, he meets several symbolic phantoms that bring about his death and resurrection. Features an eclectic cast that includes Pablo Picasso, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Jean Marias and Yul Brynner.

A movie directed by Jean Cocteau

1960 - 77 minutes - Black & White - Mono - 1.37

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Main Cast

  • Himself - the Poet

Also Known As

  • Le testament d'Orphée (fr)
  • Завещание Орфея (inc)
  • The Testament of Orpheus or Don't Ask Me Why (inc)

Release dates

  • February 18, 1960
  • May 26, 1962 (Adelaide Film Festival)
  • February 18, 1960
  • May 16, 1960 (Cannes Film Festival)
  • April 09, 1962 (New York City, New York)