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La villa Santo Sospir (1952)

Short about Mrs. Weisweiller's Villa in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferat, on Côte d'Azur, which was decorated by Jean Cocteau.

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Jean Cocteau

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Jean Cocteau
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Credited cast:
Jean Cocteau ... Himself
Edouard Dermithe ... Himself
Francine Weisweiller Francine Weisweiller ... Herself
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Short about Mrs. Weisweiller's Villa in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferat, on Côte d'Azur, which was decorated by Jean Cocteau.

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

January 1952 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vila Santo-Sospir See more »

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1.37 : 1
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The only film Cocteau made in color (He used 16mm Kodachrome stock ) which he felt would allow him to achieve more of an amateur, home movie look and which would not require elaborate time spent on lighting, as would be done for his professional black and white films. See more »

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Witty and placid
14 February 2006 | by Narrator_Jack_dot_comSee all my reviews

You can find this in the special features section of one of his Orphic trilogy DVDs from Criterion ('Orpheus' I think).

Cocteau brings the viewer around a home he painted in 1950, the quality of the 16mm film is good enough that you can certainly appreciate his work which covers the walls and doors of the island villa. Lots of nice esoteric imagery if you know what you're looking for (Cocteau was apparently head of the Priory of Sion from 1918 to '63), like fish and medieval beasties.

He also shows more than a few of his works on canvas. The pacing of the whole piece is engaging and his characteristic visual flourishes and cinematic tricks are there.


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