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If the past few months of opera, film, poetry and art have taught us anything, it’s that the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice is a material fertile enough for endless inspiration and interpretation. The great 20th-century artistic polymath Jean Cocteau was no exception; he made a whole cinematic trilogy on the subject, and the Norton Simon Museum is screening them. On Friday, February 21, it’s his 1950 opus Orpheus, set in Paris’ Left Bank bohemian scene and starring Jean Marais; then on Friday the 28th, it’s the 1959 time-travel version Testament of Orpheus, which features Marais along with cameos from Pablo Picasso and Yul Brynner.

Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; Fri., Feb. 21 & 28, 6 p.m.; free w/ museum admission, $15. nortonsimon.org.

 

LA Weekly