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Le sang d'un poète
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20 May 2010 (Greece) See more »
Plot:
A young artist draws a face at a canvas on his easel. Suddenly the mouth on the drawing comes into life and starts talking... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Enrique Rivero ... Poet
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
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Jean Cocteau ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Cocteau 
 
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Jean Cocteau 

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Le Vicomte de Noailles .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Georges Auric 
 
Cinematography by
Georges Périnal 
 
Film Editing by
Jean Cocteau 
 
Production Design by
Jean d'Eaubonne  (as Jean Gabriel d'Eaubonne)
 
Costume Design by
Coco Chanel 
 

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Also Known As:
"Le sang d'un poète" - France (original title)
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USA:55 min
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Mono (RCA Photophone)
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The first public showing was at a gala evening held at Vieux-Colombier, Paris, France (20th January, 1932).See more »
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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Yes, Very Surreal., 22 June 2000
Author: Craig-32 (gs17cmj@panther.gsu.edu) from Atlanta

Cocteau's first feature certainly reflects the early idealism of cinema, that "we can do it!" spirit that made early artists truly believe in the potential of cinema as a medium to trump all other arts. Thematically similar to the more famous surrealist work "Un chien Andalou," "Le sang d'un poete" is a chroma-key free-for all, with talking hands, statues that come to life, and banal bourgeoise cardgames transpiring on children's corpses. It's hard to watch at times, made even harder by what I think is a terribly distracting score (to the point where I just turned the sound off and enjoyed the film as a silent with subtitles.) However, by the end one realises Cocteau's heartfelt audacity, and the true spirit of the early cinema artists who wanted to do things with film that nobody has the cojones to try today.

A seminal work in experimentalist cinema; why does it seem like we've fallen way behind?

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