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  • Actors: Lee Miller, Lucien Jager, Pauline Carton, Odette Thalazac, Jean Cocteau
  • Directors: Jean Cocteau
  • Producers: Jean Thuillier
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 30 April 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N3T2IU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,947 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Pair of films by French poet, novelist, dramatist and artist Jean Cocteau bookending his film career: 'Un Sang D'Un Poete' (1930) is his debut and a surrealist classic in which the action begins with a young poet sketching faces. The mouth of one of the sketches comes to life, becomes affixed to the poet's hand, and is then wiped from the hand onto a statue. The poet then flees into a mirror and a series of adventures in an alarming fantasy world. 'Le Testament D'Orphee' (1959) is the personal, final film from Cocteau who stars as the poet, wandering through a dream world populated with figures and motifs from his earlier works. Features an all-star cast, including the likes of Charles Aznavour, Yul Brynner and Pablo Picasso.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JDX on 28 Jan. 2013
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It was one of my favourite films, it has been one of my favourite films, it is one of my favourite films. The best of the early film makers were wonderfully creative and adventurous. Being silent and having to speak through gesture and image encouraged this. Before talkies the audiences did not expect realism in a mundane sense. The zany, the quirky, the melodramatic, could all thrive. Cocteau's circle were upper class but he was interested in all forms of art. He will have known the silent films very well. When he made this film in the forties he brought that knowledge, and added his own knowledge of a thousand years of European painting, and of Greece and Rome. Money was short, this is a low budget movie. The wealth he brought to the film was his imagination. There is also a slight parallel with Bergman: the cast is a company which gives the acting a special quality.

Last time I saw this film it was rather grey and a bit shabby but the DVD copy is fresh and strong. The exposures of the film stock will have been slightly over exposed to bring out contrast (many of the outside shots filmed in strong sunlight, which creates surrealist overtones). I think that gives a quality very much of the late 1940s and scarcity but also a strong echo of the first film makers similarly working in slow film and bright natural light.

Now I have the DVD I can watch this film in tiny bites savouring all the nuances and subtleties of this great team of film makers. It is inspirational. For anyone brave enough to go out with two small camcorders and imagination this is an advanced university course in how to make film. To see how creative Cocteau could be with limited resources I recommend Testament d'Orphee. Watch that and you will really see how Orphee was made.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Mayled on 30 July 2010
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There is a generic fault with this DVD - I sent the first one back because the sub-titles jump, but the second does the same. Probably a hint to brush up my French!
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Treadway on 2 Dec. 2008
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Most sources that have any details on this 2 DVD set list a small bounty of extras, including the Cocteau Cineaste documentary and a commentary on The Blood of a Poet. None of these extras appear on the disc that I purchased.
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Superb DVD of one of the 20th-century's greatest films. Wrapped well and dispatched with alacrity. Really delighted, thank you!
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By Göran Söderström on 23 Feb. 2015
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