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Against Interpreting Cocteau

6 July 2017 4:36 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Jean Cocteau's The Blood of a Poet  (1932) is playing July 5 - August 4, 2017 on Mubi in the United States as part of the series Cocteau's Poets.“…images born of cinema with the cosmogony of a poet.”—Henri Langlois on The Blood of a PoetThe films of Jean Cocteau have distinguished themselves among early twentieth-century cinema at large. This is due, arguably, to Cocteau’s works existing best as experiences rather than as proper films, and to their openness to interpretation. This is especially true of Cocteau’s The Blood of a Poet, made in 1930 but not shown publicly until 1932, and one which has inspired as many critical interpretations since the filmmaker’s death in 1963 as Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, or Bergman’s Persona. Like those works, The Blood of a Poet »

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