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Monthly Archives: March 2011

Some amazing shoots from Robert Bresson film “Les Dames du Bois de Bolougne”


Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (Sept. 21, 1945) French film director Robert Bresson is famous for his use of non-professional actors. Prior to watching Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne, I had only seen one Bresson film, Pickpocket (1959), whose protagonist was most certainly not a professional actor. He shambled through the proceedings like a man on a heavy dose of tranquilizers, his movements slow, his eyes haunted. It was an interesting film, and one I may watch again some day, but it didn’t mo … Read More

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Marnie Breckenridge (American opera singer), soprano. Played the role of Death (Princess) in Philip Glass’ Orphee February 26th and 27th 2011 at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco.

Child of Paradise: Marcel Carne and Golden Age of French cinema by Edward Baron Turk (Google books)

About Maria Casares as Natalie in Marcel Carne’s film “Children of Paradise”

About Maria Casares in “Other” Spanish Theaters” by Maria M. Delgado (Google books)

Marnie Breckenridge – An Interview with “La Princesse” of Philip Glass’ Orphée

By Seán Martinfield

Ensemble Parallèle presents Philip Glass’ Orphée February 26th and 27th at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco. The work is a direct adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s iconic 1950 film and screenplay, Orphée. The film is a re-telling of the classic tale of Orpheus and Eurydice. The script is opulent in language, its look and use of special effects is stunningly simple yet provocative. The character of “Orpheus” is portrayed by Jean Marais, the romantic hero of Cocteau’s 1946 masterpiece, La Belle et La Bête. Beside him as “Eurydice” is Marie Déa and in-between them is the figure of Death – “La Princesse” – played by enigmatic beauty, Maria Casarès. The themes are strong. What is love? What is death? What is the point of living? Jean Cocteau’s Orphée is cinematic poetry. It was inevitable that it should be transformed into an opera.

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A man who dozes, his mouth half open, in front of a wood fire, lets slip some secrets from that night of the human body that is called the soul, over which he is no longer master.
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When I make a film, it is a sleep in which I am dreaming. Only the people and places of the dream matter. I have difficulty making contact with others, as one does when half-asleep. If a person is asleep and someone else comes into the sleeper’s room, this other person does not exist. He or she exists only if introduced into the events of the dream. Sunday is not a real day of rest for me, I try to go back to sleep as quickly as possible.
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Maria Casares performed in two very prominent Jean Cocteau’s films, “Orpheus” and “Testament of Orpheus”, in which she played Death (the Princess).

So I post two essays of Jean Cocteau about these films.

There are two photos from “Orphee” set.

Material from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia; since it is a free encyclopedia, I post the material here ^_^

María Casares (21 November 1922 – 22 November 1996) was a Spanish actress and one of the most distinguished stars of the French stage. She was usually credited in France as Maria Casarès.

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