This is a magical film that is loaded with some really impressive imagery throughout. Cocteau takes the world as we know it, turning it into a magical realm where mirrors are turned into portals in which the dead can enter the world of the living, and car radios pick up transmitions from this world after-death. It's just an incredibly imaginative landscape which Cocteau has created, being so far ahead of its time. The whole film's vision of life and death is incredibly impressive for the the time, and it really sucks the viewer completely into this mystical world where life and death intermingle. It's a film that makes you really question the balance of life and death and how they are intertwine. The poet's journey into the world of the dead to save his wife was particularly great for me, the judge panel; the gloves, everything about this segment leaps off the screen with such force. If I had one problem with the film it would be that I never really felt a strong romantic connection between our main protagonist, the poet, and his wife, who was killed by lady death. One could certainly argue that this is very important, being the primary focus of dramatic resonance but I found it to take little away from the overall experience. Besides that detail, Orpheus does pretty much exactly what I want out of film; it transports the viewer into another world and while fantastical, it still has many elements which ring true in our own lives.
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