Jean Cocteau, who earned a reputation in the '20s as a "mad genius," made his film debut
as the writer, dirrector, and narrator of this haunting masterpiece. Like an artist
splashing paint on a canvas, Cocteau created a mesmerizing collage of allegories and images
full of visual symbolism and abstract effects. In Blood of a Poet, the sight of his
own blood and a sketched mouth that comes to life drive the hero mad and send him off on a
series of bizarre adventures. Strikingly, Cocteau exposes his private demons to public
scrutiny as he explores how artists become obsessed with their own creations.
Criterion's edition features:
- new translations
- additional footage
- A transcript of Jean Cocteau's lecture given at a screening of The Blood of a Poet in 1932.
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