Vintage original 4 x 6" (10 x 15 cm.) single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo with fountain pen inscription and signature, France. Enrique Rivero, Elizabth Lee Miller, Pauline Carton, Odette Talazac, Jean Desbordes, dir: Jean Cocteau; Vicomte de Noailles. The film has been described as both expressionism and surrealism. It is a fantasy vision and Cocteau's stated intention was to film a poem. An artist is making a sketch, he erases the mouth, the mouth appears on his hand and starts to talk. A statue he touches comes to life. He then goes through a mirror and encounters several bizarre happenings behind each door he encounters. The artist goes crazy and shoots himself. He is visited by the Black Angel. The Black Angel is played by Feral Benga and Benga has signed this still, made out to a Henri Bernard. Benga seems to have made just three films in France during the 1930s. Benga was a famous ballet star in Paris at this time. The art direction was by Jean Gabrile D'Aubonne and Jean d'Eaubonne. The costumes were designed by none other than Coco Chanel. Printed photo credit of Sacha Masour is at bottom right of still. The verso features the ink stamp of photographer A. M. Masour. The title, director, actor and character are written in pencil as well. The still is double matted and held in place with archival tape. The piece measures 7 x 9 ½" (18 x 24 cm.) with the mattes. The back is exposed. A very rare piece. NEAR FINE. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: SANG D'UN POETE, LE [BLOOD OF A POET] (1930)
Publisher: Vicomte de Noailles
Publication Date: 1930
Binding: No Binding
Illustrator: Masour, Sacha
Book Condition: Near Fine
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