The Blood of a Poet

Cocteau, Jean

Published by Bodley Press, 1949
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New York. 1949. Bodley Press. 1st American Edition. Previous Owner’s Name In Front, Otherwise Very Good. No Dustjacket. Translated from the French by Lily Pons. 53 pages. hardcover. keywords: Literature Translated France. inventory # 2683. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Forty-seven page screenplay, including numerous black and white stills. Designed by Dmitri Petrov. The Blood of a Poet (French: Le Sang d'un Poète) (1930) is an avant-garde film directed by Jean Cocteau and financed by Charles de Noailles. Photographer Lee Miller made her only film appearance in this movie, which features an appearance by the famed aerialist Barbette. It is the first part of the Orphic Trilogy, which is continued in Orphée (1950) and concludes with Testament of Orpheus (1960). The Blood of a Poet was funded by Charles, Vicomte de Noailles, who gave Cocteau 1,000,000 francs to make it. Cocteau invited the Vicomte and his wife Marie-Laure de Noailles, along with several of their friends, to appear in a scene as a theatre party. In the scene, they talked among themselves and, on cue, began applauding. Upon seeing the completed film, they were horrified to learn that they were applauding a game of cards that ended with a suicide, which had been filmed separately. They refused to let Cocteau release the film with their scene included, so Cocteau re-shot it with the famed female impersonator Barbette and some extras. Shortly after the film's completion, rumors began to circulate that it contained an anti-Christian message. This, combined with the riotous reception of another controversial Noailles-produced film, L'Âge d'Or, led to Charles de Noailles' expulsion from the famous Jockey-Club de Paris, and he was even threatened with excommunication by the Catholic Church. The furore caused the release of The Blood of a Poet to be delayed for more than a year. Previous Owner’s Name In Front, Otherwise Very Good. No Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 2683


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Title: The Blood of a Poet

Publisher: Bodley Press

Publication Date: 1949

Binding: hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition.

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