Combustible Celluloid
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With: Enrique Rivero, Elizabeth Lee Miller, Pauline Carton, Odette Talazac, Jean Desbordes, Fernand Dichamps, Lucien Jager, Fˇral Benga, Barbette
Written by: Jean Cocteau
Directed by: Jean Cocteau
MPAA Rating: NR
Language: French with English subtitles
Running Time: 55
Date: 20/01/1932

The Blood of a Poet (1930)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Verse Reverse

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Cocteau's 53-minute directorial debut was released the same year, and financed by the same company, as Luis Bunuel's L'Age d'Or. Both are prime examples of surrealism, though Cocteau refused to be labeled with that term. Characters walk on walls, pass through mirrors and talk to statues. I like Bunuel's film better, as it takes itself less seriously, but Cocteau's film contains unforgettable moments of cinematic poetry in its purest form. The Criterion Collection has released in the film in a box set with Cocteau's Orpheus (1950) and The Testament of Orpheus (1960).

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