Saturday, July 5, 2014

Jean Cocteau 125 -- July 5, 2014

Poet, playwright, actor, novelist and filmmaker Jean Cocteau was born 125 years ago, on 05-July-1889.  He knew all the avant-garde writers, composers and artists of the first half of the Twentieth Century.  He denied that he was a surrealist.  He made La Belle et la Bête, which everyone loves, and the Orpheus trilogy, which not everyone loves.  During World War One, he drove ambulances for the Red Cross.  During World War Two, he managed to live through the German occupation in Paris. 

I remember reading about "Le Sang d'un poète" in a book about great movies long before I got to see it.  I marveled over the photos. 

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