Cinematic Signatures of Orpheus and Operatic Evocations

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This paper traces the tradition of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice from Ovid and Vergil through Poliziano to late Renaissance, Baroque, early classical, and early twentieth-century opera as antecedents to Cocteau's Orphée and a number of contemporary films, including Imagining Argentina, Slumdog Millionaire, The City of Your Final Destination, Rabbit Hole, Remember Me, and The Book of Life. Because tragic and non-tragic endings are not reliable identifiers in the Orpheus tradition, the paper focuses on such narrative signatures as retrieval from death, playing a stringed instrument in the face of death, and dying twice.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-136
JournalIllinois classical studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2019


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