Testament of Orpheus
Director: Jean Cocteau Run Time: 77 min. Format: Digital Rating: NR Release Year: 1960 Language: English subtitles
Starring: Claudine Auger, Françoise Arnoul, Jean Cocteau, Jean Marais, Jean-Pierre Leáud, Pablo Picasso, Yul Brynner
Nitehawk’s LIVE SOUND CINEMA and ART SEEN time travel with Jean Cocteau’s TESTAMENT OF ORPHEUS and a live original score by PARLOR WALLS.
In his last film, legendary writer/artist/filmmaker Jean 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. With an eclectic cast that includes Pablo Picasso, Jean-Pierre Leáud, Jean Marais and Yul Brynner, Testament of Orpheus (Le Testament de Orphée) brings full circle the journey Cocteau began in The Blood of a Poet, an exploration of the torturous relationship between the artist and his creations. – Criterion
Parlor Walls is an experimental group featuring Alyse Lamb (guitar/sounds), Chris Mulligan (drums/keys), Kate Mohanty (sax), and Jason Shelton (clarinet).