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Orpheus in der Unterwelt (1974)

Orpheus in the underworld.


Horst Bonnet


Hector Crémieux (libretto), Ludovic Halévy (libretto) | 3 more credits »


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Credited cast:
Dorit Gäbler Dorit Gäbler ... Eurydike
Rolf Hoppe ... Jupiter
Kurt Marschner Kurt Marschner ... Pluto
Wolfgang Greese Wolfgang Greese ... Orpheus
Liselotte Pulver ... Öffentliche Meinung
Mona Boxberger Mona Boxberger ... Cupido
Helga Piur Helga Piur ... Diana
Gisela Bestehorn Gisela Bestehorn ... Venus
Lisa Macheiner Lisa Macheiner ... Juno
Fred Düren Fred Düren ... John Styx
Achim Wichert Achim Wichert ... Pluto
Fred Delmare ... Merkur
Werner Senftleben Werner Senftleben ... Mars
Gerry Wolff Gerry Wolff ... Jacques
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helmut Bez Helmut Bez ... Einer der Götter


Orpheus in the underworld.

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Plot Keywords:

parody | operetta | See All (2) »




East Germany



Release Date:

7 February 1974 (East Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Orpheus in the Underworld See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track


Color (Orwocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Orphée aux enfers
Music by Jacques Offenbach
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A must-have classic
22 June 2001 | by carlw4514See all my reviews

This really is a "must-have" classic, the best film job ever done with Offenbach's hilarious treatment of Hell. Seems like the Germans get the comedic idea right, which basically is that we above ground think it is an awful place, but Offenbach has them having a ball down there. His "can-can" is from this work.

I am familiar with the work through watching it during the early days of PBS. Back then, you never knew what might show up in the programming. Somebody knew this was a great one!

Although I consider it "must-have" I *don't* have it, it is not available to my knowledge. I keep checking Ebay! I suppose the only realistic hope is that they will come out with it on DVD.


I wrote the above several years ago. I have since gotten my hands on a Hamburg State Opera version dated 1971 (not 1974). It is on the Art-Haus Musik label. I bought it in April 2007. If you can get your hands on this operetta DVD I highly recommend it ... it is a very good alternate version.


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