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Blood of a Poet (The)

France, French, 55 mins

Original Title

Le Sang d'un Poète
  • Director: Jean Cocteau
  • Writer: Jean Cocteau
  • Producer: Le Vicomte de Noailles

CGiii Comment

It's Cocteau.

It's 1930.

It's experimental.

Remember this was made 20 years before Genet's Un Chant D'amour.

A hugely important piece of work by a man who can never be equalled.


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The(ir) Blurb...

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.

Cast & Characters

Enrique Rivero as Poet;
Elizabeth Lee Miller as Statue;
Pauline Carton;
Odette Talazac;
Jean Desbordes as Louis XV Friend;
Fernand Dichamps;
Lucien Jager;
Feral Benga as Black Angel;
Barbette;
Jean Cocteau as Bit Part

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