Play Dates

February 4 (35mm)        Washington, DC        NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART


France, 1932
Director: Jean Cocteau
Cast: Enrique Rivero, Elizabeth Lee Miller, Pauline Carton
Screenwriter: Jean Cocteau
Cinematography: Georges Périnal
Music: Georges Auric
Genre: Drama
Black & White
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Language: French with English subtitles
Running Time: 55 minutes

Told in four episodes, The Blood of a Poet begins with an artist in his studio startled to find a mouth he has painted beginning to move. From this point, the film moves between dimensions and settings, offering disturbing images, dense with interpretive possibilities. One of prolific artist Jean Cocteau’s earliest cinematic efforts, The Blood of a Poet suggests the virtuosic command of the form that would later define his entire body of work.

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