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Title Jean Cocteau's Orphic trilogy. The blood of a poet. Orpheus. Testament of Orpheus.

Publication Info. [New York, NY] : Criterion Collection, [1959]


Location Call No. Status
 Simsbury Public Library - DVDs  DVD FOREIGN JEAN DISC 1-3    Check Shelf
 South Windsor Public Library - Audio-Visual Materials  DVD ORPHEUS    Check Shelf
 South Windsor Public Library - Audio-Visual Materials  DVD TESTAMENT OF ORPHEUS    Check Shelf
 South Windsor Public Library - Audio-Visual Materials  DVD BLOOD OF A POET    Check Shelf
Edition Limited édition.
Description 3 videodiscs (225 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. in container.
Series Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs) ; 66-69
Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs) ; 66-69.
Note Title from container.
Special features: Edgardo Cozarinsky's 1984 documentary Jean Cocteau, autoportrait d'un Inconnu; Villa Santo Sospir, a color film by Cocteau featuring many of the locations used in Testament of Orpheus; a gallery of photos from The Blood of a poet; a collection of Cocteau's writings on the trilogy; a Cocteau bibliofilmography.
"The Classic collection, a joint venture between Janus Films and Home Vision Cinema."
Contents 1. Blood of a poet 1930 (50:00) -- 2. Orpheus 1949 (95:00) -- 3. Testament of Orpheus 1959 (80:00).
Credits Settings, montage and commentary by Jean Cocteau (Disc 1). Written and directed by Jean Cocteau (Disc 2 and 3). Music by Georges Auric.
Cast Lee Miller, Enrique Rivero, Jean Desbordes, Feral Benga (Disc 1). Jean Marais, François Périer, Maria Casarès, Maria Dea, Henri Cremieux, Juliette Greco, Roger Blin, Edouard Dermithe, Maurice Carnege, Rene Worms, Pierre Bertin, Jacques Varennes, Jean-Pierre Melville (Disc 2). Jean Cocteau, Edouard Dermithe, Jean Marais, Maria Casares, Charles Aznavour, Yul Brynner, Francoise Christophe, Nicole Courcel, Henri Cramieux, Daniel Gelin, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Pablo Picasso, Francois Perier (Disc 3).
Summary 1. Jean Cocteau turns the Orpheus legend into a story of a poet and his encounter with death and the middle world. 2. An artist is driven mad by the sight of his own blood and a drawing of a mouth that seems to come to life. The combination sends him off on a series of bizarre adventures that strive to explain how artists become obsessed with their own works. 3. In his last film Cocteau portrays an 18th century poet who travels through time on a quest for divine wisdom. In a mysterious wasteland, he meets several symbolic phantoms that bring about his death and resurrection. The film finished the circle of the journey begun in Blood of a Poet, exploring the torturous relationship between the artist and his creations.
System Details DVD.
Language In French with optional new English subtitle translation.
Note GMD: videorecording.
Local Note Some of the Simsbury Public Library items are are part of the Hayes Collection.
Subject Orpheus (Greek mythology) -- Drama.
Surrealism in motion pictures.
Art in motion pictures.
Poets, French -- Biography.
Genre/Form Motion pictures, French.
Experimental films.
Foreign films.
Feature films.
Added Author Cocteau, Jean, 1889-1963.
Miller, Lee, 1907-1977.
Marais, Jean, 1913-1998.
Périer, François.
Casarès, Maria.
Dermit, Edouard.
Auric, Georges, 1899-1983.
Cocteau, Jean, 1889-1963 Sang d'un poète.
Cozarinsky, Edgardo. Jean Cocteau, autoportrait d'un Inconnu.
Criterion Collection (Firm)
Added Title Orphic trilogy
Villa Santo Sospir.
Autoportrait d'un Inconnu.
ISBN 0780023161
Standard No. 037429148327
Music No. COC050 Criterion Collection
BLO030 Criterion Collection
ORP020 Criterion Collection
TES030 Criterion Collection
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