The Orphic Trilogy - Criterion Collection (DVD - SONE 1)

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Blood Of A Poet

“Poets . . . shed not only the red blood of their hearts but the white blood of their souls,” proclaimed Jean Cocteau of his groundbreaking first film—an exploration of the plight of the artist, the power of metaphor and the relationship between art and dreams. One of cinema’s great experiments, this first installment of the Orphic Trilogy stretches the medium to its limits in an effort to capture the poet’s obsession with the struggle between the forces of life and death. Criterion is proud to present The Blood of a Poet (Le Sang d’un poète).

Orpheus

Jean Cocteau’s 1940s update of the Orphic myth depicts Orpheus (Jean Marais ), a famous poet scorned by the Left Bank youth, and his love for both his wife Eurydice (Marie Déa) and the mysterious Princess (Maria Casarès). Seeking inspiration, the poet follows the Princess from the world of the living to the land of the deceased through Cocteau’s trademark “mirrored portal.” As the myth unfolds, the director’s visually poetic style pulls the audience into realms both real and imagined in this, the centerpiece to his Orphic Trilogy. Criterion is proud to present Orpheus (Orphée) in a gorgeous new digital transfer.

Testament Of Orpheus

In his last film, legendary writer/artist/filmmaker Jean 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. With an eclectic cast that includes Pablo Picasso, Jean-Pierre Leáud, Jean Marais and Yul Brynner, Testament of Orpheus (Le Testament de Orphée) brings full circle the journey Cocteau began in The Blood of a Poet, an exploration of the torturous relationship between the artist and his creations.

Bonusmateriale

  • <I>Blood Of A Poet</i>
  • A collection of rare behind-the-scenes photos
  • Edgardo Cozarinsky’s renowned 66-minute 1984 documentary Cocteau: Autoportrait d’un Inconnu (Autobiography of an Unknown)
  • A transcript of Cocteau’s lecture given at a 1932 screening of Blood of a Poet, and a 1946 essay by Cocteau
  • A Cocteau bibliofilmography
  • <i>Orpheus</i>
  • Cocteau’s 1950 essays on the film
  • <i>Testament Of Orpheus</i>
  • Villa Santo Sospir, a 16mm color film by Cocteau featuring many of the locations used in Testament of Orpheus
  • A collection of Cocteau’s writings on the film

Produktfakta

Produksjonsår 2001 Format DVD
Sone Sone 1 Sjanger Drama
Antall disker 3 Spilletid 3 timer 45 minutter
Aldersgrense 15 Undertekster Engelsk
Lydformater Mono 1.0 (Fransk) Bildeformater Fullscreen 4:3, Sort/Hvitt
Regissør Jean Cocteau Skuespillere Edouard Dermithe, Enrique Rivero, Francois Perier, Jean Cocteau, Jean Desbordes, Jean Marais, Lee Miller, Maria Casares
Bestillingsnummer CRRNO50DVD Leverandør Import

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