Film Series

Saturday, July 19, 2008
Jean Cocteau: The Orphic Trilogy

Part of Jean Cocteau: The Orphic Trilogy

Date + Time

Saturday, July 19, 2008
1:00 p.m.


Phyllis Wattis Theater


Le Sang d'un poète (Blood of a Poet)
Jean Cocteau, 1930, 55 min.
A landmark of surrealist cinema, Cocteau's first film attempts to reveal the inside of a poet's mind and utilizes a panoply of trick effects and extraordinary juxtapositions to do so. Lee Miller portrays a statue that comes to life, opening the way to a world beyond. Enrique Rivero plays the poet.

Le Testament d'Orphée (The Testament of Orpheus)
Jean Cocteau, 1959, 80 min.
In the film that completes the cycle, Cocteau plays an 18th-century poet who travels in time. This is a wry, self-deprecating work, with the 70-year-old poet portraying his dreams, his friends and lovers, and fictional characters. The cast includes Pablo Picasso, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Jean Marais, and Yul Brynner. Cocteau's final film is an open coda to a unique career.

Admission + Ticketing

$5 general; free for SFMOMA members or with museum admission (requires a free ticket, which can be picked up in the Haas Atrium). Double features: films offered on the same date are included in one ticket. Tickets are available at the Museum (with no surcharge) or online.

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