French singer and actress Juliette Gréco’s style and personality marked generations. She was the soul of the Rive Gauche and a truly free spirit who inspired no others than Jean-Paul Sartre and Orson Wells, Miles Davis and Serge Gainsbourg. The Institute pays a belated homage to her with a screening of one of her earliest films, Orphée by Jean Cocteau.
Cocteau’s gift for mixing real and imaginary worlds finds its richest expression in this daring update of the Orpheus myth. Jean Marais’ Orphée is a handsome and successful poet whose milieu is the café life of post-war Saint Germain-des-Prés. But his quest for inspiration takes him on a perilous journey into the land of the dead, with the risk of losing all he holds dear. Cocteau makes inventive use of everyday objects and locations to produce a poetically spellbinding masterpiece.
The screening will be preceded by a lecture by Prof. Richard Dyer (King’s College London): ‘Juliette Gréco: Image, Singer, Actor’
Mon 12 July 6.30pm