Jean Cocteau: The Orphic Trilogy

Related Exhibition The Art of Lee Miller

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.

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