Blood Of A Poet (1930)

JEAN COCTEAU

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

Original title:  Le Sang D’Un Poete

France, 1930.  Vicomte de Noailles.  Screenplay by Jean Cocteau.   Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by Jean Cocteau.  

Perhaps you won’t understand a single moment of it, but it’s still a good experience. Poet, screenwriter, playwright, novelist, painter and now film director Jean Cocteau made his debut in cinema with this odiously self-indulgent meditation on the many obsessions that keep an artist close to his craft.

is a sexy painter whose works come to life and envelope him into a magical dreamworld where he witnesses and experiences many strange spectacles (a tricky hall full of doors, each with strange goings-on behind them, is a visual delight).

Episodically told, and very short at just under an hour, this first instalment in Cocteau’s Orphic trilogy pales in comparison to the second, 1949’s Orpheus, and isn’t as beloved as his magical version of Beauty and the Beast, but it does deserve its place in cinema history.

The Criterion Collection:  #67

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