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The Eagle Has Two Heads

The Eagle Has Two Heads

A Feature film by Jean Cocteau

Produced by Les Films Ariane, Sirius

Release in France : 22/09/1948


    Political intrigue and psychological drama run parallel. The queen is in seclusion, veiling her face for the ten years since her husband's assassination, longing to join him in death. Stanislas, a poet whose pen name is Azrael, is a suicidal anarchist, his imagination haunted into hate by longing for this queen who's drawn apart. He enters her private quarters intent on killing her then himself, but they fall in love, in part because he looks like the king. Stanislas wants her to regain political power by appearing to the public, and she tries to convince him to find hope and escape. All the while, the queen's enemies plot to keep the lovers together but to thwart their plans.

    Source : IMDb

    Actors (24)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producers :

    Les Films Ariane, Sirius

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

    Associate producer :

    Les Films Vog

    French distribution :


    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country


    Production :
    Cocteau's play was produced in Paris in 1946 and 1947, and his decision to make a prompt adaptation for the cinema allowed him to retain the principal actors who had enjoyed personal successes with their roles, especially Edwige Feuillère and Jean Marais. Cocteau declared his intention of following the three-act structure of the play closely, citing his admiration of the methods of Ernst Lubitsch, but he opened out some of the scenes into a wider variety of locations. Filming began in October 1947 at the Château de Vizille, and further shots were filmed at the Studio d'Épinay on the outskirts of Paris.

    Christian Bérard supervised the art direction, and the sumptuous sets and costumes (executed by Georges Wakhévitch and Marcel Escoffier respectively) evoked a royal palace in an imaginary kingdom of 19th century middle-Europe. Georges Auric expanded the music which he had written for the stage production into a full score for the film.

    Reception :
    The film was released in Paris in September 1948. Its reception among French critics was mixed. It was appreciated for the sumptuous quality of its spectacle and for the elevated performances of its actors. Others however felt that its artificiality belonged to another age and another medium, and that Cocteau had not sufficiently emancipated his film from its theatrical origins.

    When the film was shown in New York in 1948 and in London in 1949, the reviewers of both The New York Times and The Times shared a similar perplexity about the film's meaning and purpose.The film has in general not enjoyed the same attention as the others which Cocteau directed in the 1940s.

    Source : Wikipedia

    Photos (16)

    Full credits (16)

    Assistant Director :

    Hervé Bromberger

    Author of original work :

    Jean Cocteau

    Sound Recordist :

    René Longuet

    Voice :

    Jean Cocteau

    Camera Operator :

    Alain Douarinou

    Editor :

    Raymond Leboursier

    Music Composer :

    Georges Auric

    Artistic Director :

    Christian Bérard

    Adaptation :

    Jean Cocteau

    Producers :

    Alexandre Mnouchkine, Georges Dancigers, Francis Cosne, Lucien Masson

    Screenwriter :

    Jean Cocteau

    Director of Photography :

    Christian Matras

    Production Manager :

    Maurice Hartwig

    Production Designer :

    Georges Wakhevitch

    Costume designer :

    Marcel Escoffier

    Still Photographer :

    Raymond Voinquel

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :


    Sub-genre :

    Drama, Historical

    Themes :

    Love, Fate, History

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    Production country :

    France (100.0%)

    Original French-language productions :


    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

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    French release :


    Runtime :

    1 h 36 min

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    Color type :

    Black & White

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    Posters (3)


    Selections (2)

    Vues d'Afrique Montréal Film Festival - 2008

    Vues d'Afrique Montréal Film Festival (Canada, 2008)


    International Feature-length Documentary Competition