|Orphée - look at Buddy's picture on his memorial page to see the resemblance.|
Friday, January 18, 2013
WE HAVE A NAME!
The cat has a name! We settled on Orphée, the French pronunciation of Orpheus. The tale of Orpheus, the Greek musician, poet and prophet, going into the underworld to bring his wife back to the living after her death, fascinated French filmmaker Jean Cocteau who turned it into a film starring Jean Marais.
The cat, in his demeanor, expression and looks, resembles The Beast in Cocteau's Beauty and The Beast. Beast was our first choice for a name; our second was Marais but both seemed not to fit. Orphée seemed appropriate for its connection to Jean Marais and Orphée s story of coming back from the underworld. Our furry Orphée bears an uncanny resemblance to Buddy.
Beauty and The Beast and Orpheus are wonderful films. Both are listed in IMDB.
To see our Orphée's resemblance to The Beast watch both YouTube excerpts from Beauty and The Beast: