Theatrical Release Date: TBC
Home Ent. Release Date: 29 Apr 2007
Cert: Not Rated
Featuring Le Sang D’Un Poete Testament D’Orphee FULLY RE-MASTERED AND UK DVD PREMIERES Also an artist, poet, playwright and novelist, Jean Cocteau is widely regarded as one of the most pioneering and important avant-garde directors cinema has produced. His debut Le Sang D’Un Poete and swansong La Testament D’Orphee are released here together in a boxset for the first time in the UK; made 30 years apart they bookend his filmic career and are both masterpieces of the avant-garde movement of which he was at the heart. Cocteau released 12 films in his lifetime, including the award-winning La Belle Et La Bete (1946) perhaps his most accessible (and therefore well-known) work. Though often described as a poet first and foremost, Cocteau’s films were also infused with the phantasmorgorical surrealist imagery and rich symbolism characteristic of all his work. LE SANG D’UN POETE (1930) Starring Enrique Rivero, Lee Miller and Pauline Carton In an artist’s studio, an unfinished statue comes to life. The lips of its androgynous face move, pressing a kiss to the artist’s hand. At the statue’s demand, he plunges it into a mirror. LE TESTAMENT D’ORPHEE (1960) Jean Cocteau gave the cinema a truly abstract piece of work as his swansong, in which the mind of a poet (played by Cocteau himself) takes control of reality, twisting and re-moulding it until it bears not the slightest resemblance to reality as we know it in real life.