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The Blood of a Poet (1930)

Le sang d'un poète (original title)
Not Rated | | Fantasy | September 1930 (France)
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:

Jean Cocteau

Writer:

Jean Cocteau
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Cast

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

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Genres:

Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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The film was shot between April and September 1930. See more »

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Hmmmmmm....
30 January 2002 | by chris_weimanSee all my reviews

I think this movie is about transgenderism. It seems to me that not only the plot but the various symbols and episodes support this. The main character, a man, moves through the various aspects of his subconscious until he gives complete life to his female self. I'm interested to know if any other transsexuals have seen this film, or if anyone else has noticed the strong elements of gender dysphoria it. I think that Cocteau was making a film about transcending gender before that process was clearly understood.


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Country:

France

Language:

Vietnamese | French

Release Date:

September 1930 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Blood of a Poet See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Vicomte de Noailles See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(MUBI)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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