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Jean Cocteau's Orphic trilogy.

Author: Jean Cocteau; Criterion Collection (Firm); Janus Films.
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Criterion Collection, ©2000.
Series: Criterion collection, 67-69.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : French
Database:WorldCat
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1. (The blood of a poet) Jean Cocteau turns the Orpheus legend into a story of a poet and his encounter with death and the middle world. 2. (Orpheus) 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. (Testament of Orpheus)  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Drama
Experimental films
Feature films
Motion pictures, French
Foreign films
Named Person: Orpheus, (Greek mythological character); Orpheus, (Greek mythological character)
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Cocteau; Criterion Collection (Firm); Janus Films.
ISBN: 9780780023161 0780023161 9780780023079 0780023072 9780780022508 0780022505 9780780022706 078002270X
OCLC Number: 858655552
Language Note: In French with optional English subtitles.
Notes: The blood of a poet originally released in 1930 as a motion picture ; Orpheus originally released in 1949 as a motion picture ; Testament of Orpheus originally released in 1959 as a motion picture.
Originally issued in slipcase.
"Janus Films"--Slipcase.
Inserts includes essays by Jean Cocteau.
"66"--Slip-case.
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 behind-the-scenes photos from The Blood of a poet; a collection of Cocteau's writings on the trilogy; a Cocteau bibliofilmography.
"Cat. No. COC050"--Slip-case.
"Cat. No. BL0030"--Container for The blood of a poet.
"Cat. No. ORP020"--Container for Orpheus.
"Cat. No. TES030"--Container for Testament of Orpheus.
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: The blood of a poet). 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: Orpheus). 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: Testament of Orpheus).
Description: 3 videodiscs (225 min.) : digital, sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 3 inserts.
Details: DVD format ; Dolby Digital mono.
Contents: Disc 1. Le sang d'un poete = The blood of a poet (1930, 50 min.) --
disc 2. Orphée = Orpheus (1949, 95 min.) --
disc 3. Le testament d'Orphée = Testament of Orpheus (1959, 80 min.).
Series Title: Criterion collection, 67-69.
Other Titles: Blood of a poet.
Orpheus.
Testament of Orpheus.
Sang d'un poete.
Orphée.
Testament d'Orphée.
Orphic trilogy

Abstract:

1. (The blood of a poet) Jean Cocteau turns the Orpheus legend into a story of a poet and his encounter with death and the middle world. 2. (Orpheus) 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. (Testament of Orpheus) 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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