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Orpheus in der Unterwelt

Regie: Horst Bonnet, 87 Min., Farbe, Spielfilm
Deutsche Demokratische Republik (DDR)
DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme, 1973

Film-/Videoformat
70 mm
Länge in m
2403
Englischer Titel
Orpheus In The Underworld
Premierendatum
Anlaufdatum (für Kino)
Literarische Vorlage
Cremieux, Hector: "Orpheus in der Unterwelt", Operette
Veröffentlichungen
DVD: ICESTORM Entertainment GmbH / www.spondo.de/defa

Filmstab

Regie
  • Horst Bonnet
Drehbuch
  • Horst Bonnet
Kamera
  • Otto Hanisch
Schnitt
  • Thea Richter
Darsteller
  • Wolfgang Greese (Orpheus)
  • Dorit Gäbler (Eurydike)
  • Rolf Hoppe (Jupiter)
  • Lisa Macheiner (Juno)
  • Achim Wichert (Pluto)
  • Fred Düren (Styx)
  • Gisela Bestehorn (Venus)
  • Helga Piur (Diana)
  • Fred Delmare (Merkur)
  • Mona Boxberger (Cupido)
  • Werner Senftleben (Mars)
  • Gerry Wolff (Jacques)
  • Helmut Bez (Einer der Götter)
  • Erich Breese (Einer der Götter)
  • Burkhard Brandt (Einer der Götter)
Regieassistenz/ Co-Regie
  • Sigrid Meyer
Szenenbild
  • Alfred Hirschmeier
Dramaturg
  • Maurycy Janowski
Komponist
  • Robert Hanell
  • Jacques Offenbach
Musikinterpret
  • Chor der Deutschen Staatsoper Berlin
  • DEFA-Sinfonieorchester
  • Egon Morbitzer (Violinsolo)
Kostüm
  • Christiane Dorst
  • Werner Schulz
Maske
  • Heinz Bernhardt
  • Ursula Funk
  • Günter Hermstein
  • Inge Merten
Produktionsleitung
  • Helmut Klein
DEFA-Fotograf
  • Herbert Kroiss

Kurzinhalt (Englisch)

Out of town, music professor Orpheus, teaches the violin to attractive girls. Back home in Thebes, his wife, Euridice, exploits this situation to have an affair with a shepherd, who is, indeed, none other than Pluto, god of the underworld, in disguise. Orpheus knows very well what his wife is up to and, once back home, showers her with a barrage of rebukes, tormenting her with his violin playing at length...until she follows Pluto into the underworld. Orpheus is delighted - but only until it is brought home to him that he will lose his pretty pupils unless he can posthaste prevail on the gods for Euridice's return.

On Olympus, excruciating tedium reigns. The gods are bored stiff and weary of Big Daddy Zeus' ladykiller exploits. To make matters worse, Pluto has turned up on a state visit. So the arrival of Orpheus and his friend Jacques provides the gods with some distraction in their dull daily rut. Zeus decides to help Orpheus. The gods set out on a journey into the underworld where Euridice is affiicted with boredom and pestered by the amorous overtures of Styx, Pluto's manservant. Only Zeus, assuming the form of a fiy, manages to free the beauty to Orpheus' horror. But Pluto will not tolerate Zeus' interference and so Euridice remains in the underworld for ever-to the delight of her husband.

Source: Progress Film-Verleih

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