The Blood Of A Poet The Testament Of Orpheus

  |  Buy to Own: 25/12/2004
  |  125 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC
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Two films by avant-garde director Jean Cocteau. 'The Blood of a Poet' (1930) looks at the artist's struggle to harness the creative impulse. Structured into four 'episodes', the film presents surrealist and abstract images inspired by the myth of Orpheus, a story with which Cocteau had an enduring fascination. In his last film, 'The Testament of Orpheus' (1960), Cocteau casts himself as an aging poet who, in the knowledge that he is dying (as indeed he was), dreams of being reborn as a celestial immortal. Among other luminaries, Pablo Picasso appears as himself. François Truffaut, who later became the doyen of the New Wave movement, is the assistant producer.