The Blood of a Poet (1930) Jean Cocteau [All Region,Import, B & W]
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A surreal vision with adolescent angels wandering about, black boxers with perfect bodies taking flight, school children in capes killing each other with snowballs, a mirror turning into a swimming pool, and the hallways of a furnished hotel transforming into a labyrinth. @Imported from Korea. (Some DVDs Have Korean Description on Cover) @Some DVDs Have Several Languages & Subtitles. @High Quality as USA Products. @All DVDs are Exactly Same as Description. @Languane: French @Subtitle: English, Korean @B & W
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Early in his multifaceted career, Cocteau asked the great novelist and essayist, Andre Gide, to judge the quality of his work. When Gide replied that he was not impressed, Cocteau asked for pointers on what he needed to do to improve. Gide replied, "Astonish me!", and Cocteau followed this advice by astonishing everyone in all of his subsequent works.
Cocteau's first film, "Le Sang d'un Poete" is certainly astonishing. The action is supposed to take place in an instant, represented by the time it takes for a large smokestack to crumble to the ground. The first part of the film relates to the struggle of the poet for enlightened inspiration. The second part deals with the acquisition of a muse (his anima) and his spiritual journey through a form-shifting world to which he alone can impart meaning. In the third section, the poet enters the purgatory of literary icons through his suicide. In the fourth section, his work is corrupted and debased by persons adding their own, lesser interpretations, for their own purposes. And finally, after a second death by misinterpretation, the poet achieves Immortality of the Ages, as Time resurrects the underlying, enduring value of his artistic contributions.
Of note, Lee Miller, famous photographer and girlfriend of Man Ray, is the lovely statue/muse of the film.
If you are a fan of surrealistic art, you will find this 1930 film to be a cinematic treasure.
The movie itself is Cocteau's first effort, and the half I was able to see in this edition is a bit primitive, though one already sees visual themes used to great effect in Orpheus.