Jean Cocteau's masterpiece ORPHEUS on 35mm, Wed December 18, 7.00pm.
With critic A.S. Hamrah in person!
One Shots: Orpheus
Wed December 18, 7.00pm—35mm print presented by film critic A.S. Hamrah
The Quad presents Jean Cocteau's masterful update of the classic Greek myth on 35mm
Selected by artist Jill Mulleady in partnership with the Swiss Institute on the occasion of Mulleady's New York exhibition "Fight-or-Flight." Presented by n+1 film critic and author A.S. Hamrah
Jean Cocteau, 1950, France, 95m, 35mm Jean Cocteau’s gorgeous, dreamy update of the classic Greek myth follows celebrated French poet Orpheus (Jean Marais) on his quest for inspiration—across the border from the world of the living into the land of the dead. Overwhelmed with feelings for both a beguiling princess clad in black (Maria Casarès) and his loving wife Eurydice (Marie Déa), his passions gradually lead him toward tragedy. With impactful low-tech effects (who can forget that mirrored portal?) and melodramatic swells, Orpheus still towers as a masterpiece of cinematic poetry. In French with English subtitles
“It is much less a film than it is myself.”—Jean Cocteau
"It has the mystery and elasticity of a dream, and all the farcical comic horror of chancing across the intricate contents of the Blessed Virgin’s lingerie collection." —The Guardian
Jill Mulleady: Fight-or-Flight
Swiss Institute is delighted to present Fight-or-Flight, the first US institutional solo exhibition by Jill Mulleady. Drawing on the history of SI’s location at 38 St Marks Pl, originally built in 1954 as a bank, Mulleady has created a group of new, interrelated works that weave a speculative allegorical fiction.
Mulleady's Fight-or-Flight roots out fantasies, motivations and fears in order to depict a mythological landscape of polarization and crisis. The physiological stress responses of the exhibition’s title are enacted by a number of characters in Mulleady’s paintings and woodcuts, who either adopt extreme or violent survival methods, or retreat into isolation.