Visionary artist, playwright, poet, and filmmaker Jean Cocteau found the perfect muse around whom to construct his lyrical, surreal dream worlds in the dashing Jean Marais, the golden-boy actor who would become both his lifelong creative collaborator and lover. Two of their immortal classics—the ravishing fairytale BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and the mythic masterpiece ORPHEUS—are presented with an introduction by critic Michael Sragow, who discusses how these two very different but complementary artists came together to form one of the most miraculous actor-director partnerships in French cinema.
Directed by Jean Cocteau • 1946 • France
Starring Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély
Jean Cocteau’s sublime adaptation of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont’s fairy-tale masterpiece—in which the pure love of a beautiful girl melts the heart of a feral but gentle beast—is a landmark of motion picture f...
Directed by Jean Cocteau • 1950 • France
Starring Jean Marais, Marie Déa, Maria Casarès
Jean Cocteau’s update of the Orpheus myth depicts a famous poet (Jean Marais), scorned by the Left Bank youth, and his love for both his wife, Eurydice (Marie Déa), and a mysterious princess (Maria Casarès). ...