Poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker Jean Cocteau's updating of Greek mythology to the Parisian Left Bank of 1950 is the story of a young poet and his love for both his wife Eurydice and a mysterious princess. A journey from the world of the living to the land of the dead is a masterpiece of visual poetry and dreamlike storytelling which still remains enchanting and influential 50 years after the death of its unique creator.
"Jean Marais (Cocteau's companion) plays the '40s poet (alias Cocteau) who's won fame, fortune and the hatred of Left Bank youth. Desperate for inspiration, he follows an imperious Princess flanked by Fascist (or 'Cruising') type police. Her rubber-gloved hand leads through the looking-glass to a slow-motion night kingdom. This Sur-Noir fantasy has more meanings than the Book of Revelations. It's an allegory for Poetry. It's the Confessions of a Gay Opium-Eater." Time Out
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