Cinema: Imports

Orpheus (Paulvé; Discina), Avant-Gardist Jean Cocteau's latest plunge through the lookingglass, carries him into an enigmatic dream world that blends myth, realistic thriller and fantasy. Laureled in Venice, praised and damned in Paris and London, it is a film to frustrate any moviegoer who demands a logical explanation of what he is looking at. For those willing to drift with Cocteau's reverie, catching what wisps of meaning they can, the movie is an interesting experience.

Borrowing from his one-act play, Orpheus (1926) and his surrealist film, Blood of a Poet (1933), Jack-of-All-Arts Cocteau has...

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