Orpheus and Eurydice [Orfeusz i Eurydyka] (1961)

13 min.; Poland; no subtitles; director: Edward Sturlis

A “Puppetoon” style retelling of the tragic tale of Orpheus and his lost love. It features a very vivid rendering of the Underworld, with Hades and Persephone represented as strange iconic totems.

Edward Sturlis: I made the film a bit different than the previous ones, because the music was written before the shooting started. It made my work difficult, but it was necessary for the proper implementation of the idea, because the music is not only an illustration here, it brings important – sometimes dominant – elements to the content of the film. […] The differences [between the two worlds – ed. ed.] are very clear. They were extracted in two ways: the world of the living is colorful, Hades – black and white, raw. The individual sequences also differ in mood. I start the film from the end – with the tragedy of the characters, and I show what happened before in retrospectives. My intention was to create a lyrical, atmospheric film story. (“Orpheus and Eurydice” in Tuszyn, “Film”, 1961, No. 22, p. 2.)

Thanks to Ośrodek Badań nad Tradycją Antyczną (@OBTAUW) for sharing this with me.

More: http://repozytorium.fn.org.pl/?q=en/node/10140


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