MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 6,597 this week

The Blood of a Poet (1932)
"Le sang d'un poète" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  20 May 2010 (Greece)
7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 3,892 users  
Reviews: 28 user | 38 critic

A young artist draws a face at a canvas on his easel. Suddenly the mouth on the drawing comes into life and starts talking. The artist tries to wipe it away with his hand, but when he looks... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

"Hand of God" - What to Watch

IMDb sits down with the cast of the thriller drama "Hand of God," including Ron Perlman, Julian Morris, Garret Dillahunt, and Alona Tal.

Watch our interview

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 31 titles
created 25 Dec 2012
 
list image
a list of 48 titles
created 24 Jan 2014
 
a list of 47 titles
created 21 Aug 2014
 
a list of 40 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 21 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Blood of a Poet (1932)

The Blood of a Poet (1932) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Blood of a Poet.
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The Poet looks back over his life and work, recalling his inspirations and obsessions.

Director: Jean Cocteau
Stars: Jean Cocteau, Françoise Arnoul, Claudine Auger
Orpheus (1950)
Fantasy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Orphee is a poet who becomes obsessed with Death (the Princess). They fall in love. Orphee's wife, Eurydice, is killed by the Princess' henchmen and Orphee goes after her into the ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Cocteau
Stars: Jean Marais, François Périer, María Casares
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When Michel, who's 22, tells his parents he is in love, his mother Yvonne is distraught, believing she will lose his love (which is the center of her life), and his father Georges is ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Cocteau
Stars: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Yvonne de Bray
Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her.

Directors: Jean Cocteau, René Clément
Stars: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A woman returning home falls asleep and has vivid dreams that may or may not be happening in reality. Through repetitive images and complete mismatching of the objective view of time and space, her dark inner desires play out on-screen.

Directors: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid
Stars: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid
L'Age d'Or (1930)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A surrealist tale of a man and a woman passionately in love with one another, but their attempts to consummate that passion are constantly thwarted by their families, the Church, and bourgeois society.

Director: Luis Buñuel
Stars: Gaston Modot, Lya Lys, Caridad de Laberdesque
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Obsessed with a general's woman, a clergyman has strange visions of death and lust, struggling against his own eroticism.

Director: Germaine Dulac
Stars: Alex Allin, Genica Athanasiou, Lucien Bataille
Entr'acte (1924)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An absolute dada movie. Somebody gets killed, his coffin gets out of control and after a chase it stops. The person gets out of it and let everybody who followed the coffin dissapear.

Director: René Clair
Stars: Jean Börlin, Inge Frïss, Francis Picabia
Coriolan (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Jean Cocteau
Stars: Jean Cocteau, Josette Day, Henri Filipacchi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Jean Cocteau
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

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. ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Cocteau
Stars: Edwige Feuillère, Silvia Monfort, Jean Marais
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Directors: Jean Cocteau, Hans Richter
Stars: Jean Arp, Paul Bowles, Ceal Bryson
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Enrique Rivero ...
Elizabeth Lee Miller ...
Statue (as Lee Miller)
Pauline Carton
Odette Talazac
Jean Desbordes ...
Louis XV Friend
Fernand Dichamps
Lucien Jager
Féral Benga ...
Black Angel
Barbette
Edit

Storyline

A young artist draws a face at a canvas on his easel. Suddenly the mouth on the drawing comes into life and starts talking. The artist tries to wipe it away with his hand, but when he looks into the hand he finds the living mouth on his palm. He tries to wipe it off on the mouth of an unfinished statue of a young woman. The statue comes into life and tells him that the only way out of the studio is through the looking glass. The artist jumps into the mirror and comes to the Hotel of Dramatic Lunacies. He peeps through the keyholes of a series of hotel rooms. In the last room he sees desperate meetings of hermaphrodites. One of them has a signboard saying "Mortal danger". Back in the studio the artist crushes the statue with a sledgehammer. Because of this he himself becomes a statue, located at the side of a square. Some schoolboys start a snowball fight around the statue. One of the boys is killed by a snowball. A fashionable couple start playing cards at a table beside the corpse. ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Certificate:

Unrated

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 May 2010 (Greece)  »

Also Known As:

The Blood of a Poet  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Referred to as "salon surrealism". See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Piece of art that requires unravelling
8 January 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Jean Cocteau was a French poet, painter, playwright, actor, as well as film maker, and was a huge part of the artistic community at the time. The Blood of a Poet (to use its English translation), is a very personal piece of avant-garde cinema, that reflects the ideas of the artist, and presented in a disjointed, surreal style, that is an enigma, even on viewing a second time.

The Blood of a Poet has four sections that seem to have no connection at all. We begin with Enrique Rivero as "the poet", who paints a face who's mouth begins to move. After erasing it with his hand, the mouth transfers to him. After pleasuring himself with the mouthed hand, the poet transfers it to a female statue, who orders him to climb through a mirror, where he enters a new realm, one that holds doors into which the poet views some strange scenes. In another sequence a boy is killed in a snow ball fight.

The Blood of a Poet was the first in what became Cocteau's Orphic Trilogy, which continued with Orphee (1950) and Le Testament d'Orphee (1960). It's slow, poetic movements through some very beautiful imagery, are in themselves interesting at times. The film is practically silent, except that there is a partial narrative (that incidentally is far too poetically esoteric that we get no indication of what is happening).

The film begins with a title card that states; "Every film is a coat of arms. It must be deciphered." This seems to be its intention, to be such a piece of art that its meaning requires unravelling. Whilst this kind of riddle is often pleasurable, in this cause it seems that you may need to know much about Cocteau himself - I have only read one biography of the man. Although, his film work does improve; the other two in the Orphic trilogy are splendid, along with his incredibly poet, and dreamily beautiful adaptation La Belle et la Bete (1946).

www.the-wrath-of-blog.blogspot.com


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
and the point is..? terrenceplacks
Lee Miller yawnoc13
Discuss The Blood of a Poet (1932) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?