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Jean Cocteau's Orphic trilogy. The blood of a poet. Orpheus. Testament of Orpheus

Author: Jean CocteauLee MillerJean MaraisFrançois PérierMaria CasarèsAll authors
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Criterion Collection, ©2000.
Series: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 66-69.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : French : Limited ed
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1. Jean Cocteau turns the Orpheus legend into a story of a poet and his encounter with death and the middle world. 2. An artist is driven mad by the sight of his own blood and a drawing of a mouth that seems to come to life. The combination sends him off on a series of bizarre adventures that strive to explain how artists become obsessed with their own works. 3. In his last film Cocteau portrays an 18th century poet  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Motion pictures, French
Foreign films
Experimental films
Feature films
Drama
Biography
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Cocteau; Lee Miller; Jean Marais; François Périer; Maria Casarès; Edouard Dermit; Georges Auric; Edgardo Cozarinsky; Criterion Collection (Firm)
ISBN: 0780023161 9780780023161 0780023072 9780780023079 0780022505 9780780022508 078002270X 9780780022706
OCLC Number: 48805174
Language Note: In French with optional new English subtitle translation.
Notes: Title from container.
Special features: Edgardo Cozarinsky's 1984 documentary Jean Cocteau, autoportrait d'un Inconnu; Villa Santo Sospir, a color film by Cocteau featuring many of the locations used in Testament of Orpheus; a gallery of photos from The Blood of a poet; a collection of Cocteau's writings on the trilogy; a Cocteau bibliofilmography.
"The Classic collection, a joint venture between Janus Films and Home Vision Cinema."
Credits: Settings, montage and commentary by Jean Cocteau (Disc 1). Written and directed by Jean Cocteau (Disc 2 and 3). Music by Georges Auric.
Cast: Lee Miller, Enrique Rivero, Jean Desbordes, Feral Benga (Disc 1). Jean Marais, François Périer, Maria Casarès, Maria Dea, Henri Cremieux, Juliette Greco, Roger Blin, Edouard Dermithe, Maurice Carnege, Rene Worms, Pierre Bertin, Jacques Varennes, Jean-Pierre Melville (Disc 2). Jean Cocteau, Edouard Dermithe, Jean Marais, Maria Casares, Charles Aznavour, Yul Brynner, Francoise Christophe, Nicole Courcel, Henri Cramieux, Daniel Gelin, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Pablo Picasso, Francois Perier (Disc 3).
Description: 3 videodiscs (225 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. in container.
Details: DVD.
Contents: Le sang d'un poete = The blood of a poet (1930, 50 min.) --
Orphée = Orpheus (1949, 95 min.) --
Le testament d'Orphée = Testament of Orpheus (1959, 80 min.).
Series Title: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 66-69.
Other Titles: Villa Santo Sospir.
Autoportrait d'un Inconnu.
Orphic trilogy

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1. Jean Cocteau turns the Orpheus legend into a story of a poet and his encounter with death and the middle world. 2. An artist is driven mad by the sight of his own blood and a drawing of a mouth that seems to come to life. The combination sends him off on a series of bizarre adventures that strive to explain how artists become obsessed with their own works. 3. In his last film Cocteau portrays an 18th century poet who travels through time on a quest for divine wisdom. In a mysterious wasteland, he meets several symbolic phantoms that bring about his death and resurrection. The film finished the circle of the journey begun in Blood of a Poet, exploring the torturous relationship between the artist and his creations.

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