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Birth Name: Jean Cocteau
Born: 07/05/1889
Birth Place: France
Death Place: France
Died: 10/11/1963

Cocteau wrote, directed, narrated, edited and performed in his first film, "The Blood of a Poet", shot in 1930. Privately financed by the Vicomte de Noailles, the film's release was delayed for two years due to the scandal that surrounded another 1930 Noailles production, Dali and Bunuel's "L'Age d'or", which was denounced as "sacrilegious" when first screened.

"Blood of a Poet" was certainly influenced by the work of Dali and Bunuel, as well as other surrealist films by Man Ray and Rene Clair. But in its unprecedented use of sync-sound dialogue, narration and music (by the prolific and accomplished Georges Auric), juxtaposed with free-form episodic imagery, Cocteau's debut marked a water... Continue Bio >>


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