Film Series

July 05 - July 26, 2008
Jean Cocteau: The Orphic Trilogy

Phyllis Wattis Theater

Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) was a poet, filmmaker, artist, journalist, dramatist, and designer, as well as a celebrity and provocateur. He was a creative force at the center of the Parisian avant-garde from before World War I, through the surrealist 1920s and 30s, and beyond. His films exemplify the surrealist movement in France. They are dizzy with fantasy, mythology, melodrama, and unhinged experimentation. Nowhere is this more true than in his so-called Orphic Trilogy - three films inspired by the figure of Orpheus, the poet and musician of ancient mythology. For today's viewer, the trilogy opens doors to Cocteau's incomparable poetic consciousness.

$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.

Film at SFMOMA is generously supported by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation and Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein.

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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…

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Buy tickets Orphée (Orpheus)
Jean Cocteau, 1949, 95 min.

This is, without a doubt, Cocteau's best film. Orphée is clearly based on the ancient myth in which Orpheus (Jean Marais) descends into the underworld to rescue his wife,…

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Buy tickets Jean Cocteau: The Orphic Trilogy

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…

Read more
Buy tickets 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,…

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Buy tickets Jean Cocteau: The Orphic Trilogy

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…

Read more
Buy tickets 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,…

Read more
Buy tickets Jean Cocteau: The Orphic Trilogy

Double Feature
Orphée (Orpheus)
Jean Cocteau, 1949, 95 min.
This is, without a doubt, Cocteau's best film. Orphée is clearly based on the ancient myth in which Orpheus…

Read more