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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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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
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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Not Rated

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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

Production Co:

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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Trivia

Because of the October 1930 scandal around Luis Buñuel's L'Age d'Or (1930) - another film financed by Le Vicomte de Noailles and Marie-Laure de Noailles, the Paris premiere of this film was delayed until January 1932. See more »

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Celluloid Surrealism
10 August 2001 | by SchlockmeisterSee all my reviews

Excellent example of early surrealism on film. It is like going through a dream in which images come and go unbidden and with little apparent sense. This film is to be viewed in exactly that spirit. Switch off the need within you to make sense of it, to make it fit a linear state of mind and you will get the most out of it, and be a lot closer to what the director intended. Let the images wash over you, respond to them as images, not as tidy stories with beginnings, middles and endings that we are used to seeing in films. Like a dream it has it's haunting, almost familiar parts that we can know and recognize as well as the parts of our unconscious that we do not see as clearly but still we dream of them. Too bad surrealism in film never took off more than it did. Here we see a hint of the possibilities that still lie before us. Recommended highly.


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