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The Blood of a Poet (1932)

Le sang d'un poète (original title)
Not Rated | | Fantasy | 20 May 2010 (Greece)
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 »

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Jean Cocteau

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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 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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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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Fantasy

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 May 2010 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

The Blood of a Poet See more »

Company Credits

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Vicomte de Noailles See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Originally titled "The Life of a Poet". See more »

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Referenced in Venom and Eternity (1951) See more »

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Yes, Very Surreal.
22 June 2000 | by Craig-32See all my reviews

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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