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Le sang d'un poète
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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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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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jean Cocteau ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Cocteau 
Writing credits
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Jean Cocteau 

Produced by
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
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone)

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Originally titled "The Life of a Poet".See more »


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Piece of art that requires unravelling, 8 January 2012
Author: tomgillespie2002 from United Kingdom

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).

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