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Title Orphic trilogy. The blood of a poet. Orpheus. Testament of Orpheus [(DVD) videorecording].

Edition Limited edition.
Publication Info. [New York, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, [2000]
Location Call No. Status
 Nichols Adult DVD Foreign Films  FRENCH ORP    AVAILABLE
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Description 3 videodiscs (225 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. in container.
Series Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs) ; 66 (set)
Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs) ; 67-69.
System Details DVD.
Language In French with optional new English subtitle translation.
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).
Credits Settings, montage and commentary by Jean Cocteau (Disc 1). Written and directed by Jean Cocteau (Disc 2 and 3). Music by Georges Auric.
Contents Le sang d'un poete = The blood of a poet (1930, 50 min.) -- Orphée = Orpheus (1949, 95 min.) -- Le testament d'Orphée = Testament of Orpheus (1959, 80 min.).
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.
Note For specific features see interactive menu.
Subject Orpheus (Greek mythological character) -- Drama -- Videodiscs.
Surrealism in motion pictures -- Videodiscs.
Art in motion pictures -- Videodiscs.
Poets, French -- Biography -- Videodiscs.
Feature films -- France.
Genre 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 Jean Cocteau's Orphic trilogy
Villa Santo Sospir.
Autoportrait d'un Inconnu.
ISBN 0780023161 (set)
9780780023161 (set)
0780023072 (Blood of a poet)
9780780023079 (Blood of a poet)
0780022505 (Orpheus)
9780780022508 (Orpheus)
078002270X (Testament of Orpheus)
9780780022706 (Testament of Orpheus)
Standard No. 037429148327 (set)
Music No. COC050 Criterion Collection (set)
BLO030 Criterion Collection
ORP020 Criterion Collection
TES030 Criterion Collection
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