Cocteau’s ‘Orpheus’ for Friday film

Apr 15, 2017
Mirrors are the doorways to the realms of the dead in Jean Cocteau’s “Orpheus.”

Thomaston — The Friends of the Thomaston Public Library’s Friday Night Film Series celebrates National Poetry Month in April. Films are screened Fridays at 6:30 p.m. in the historic Thomaston Academy building, 60 Main St./Route 1. Parking and handicapped accessibility is in the rear of the building.

The series continues April 21 with “Orpheus” (1950, France). The update of the Orphic myth by Jean Cocteau 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). Seeking inspiration, the poet follows the princess from the world of the living to the land of the dead through Cocteau’s famous mirrored portal. “Orpheus” represents the legendary Cocteau at the height of his abilities for peerless visual poetry and dreamlike storytelling.

The Poetry Month series will conclude April 28 with “The Mirror” (1975, Soviet Union). Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Light refreshments are served. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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