Definitely a challenging film; it is not for everyone. It may be described as somewhat surreal, obscure, unconventional, highly artistic, complex and difficult. It is however, quite a film for those who see film as a higher form of artistic expression, more like poetry itself; appreciated more for its beauty and expression than its narrative. In all its rawness and imperfection remains fascinating.
I don't know why people fixate on whether or what the point of this might be. I don't think there is going to adequate explanation that puts you over the moon with this.
The fears and confusions of being an artist. The scene that he has a mouth in his hand is an amazing metaphor.
Well, well, well. I’ve always been reluctant in front of Jean Cocteau’s works and personality. A man who claims everywhere that he’s a Poet irritates me a lot. Although I like Beauty and the Beast, I have to say that The Blood of a Poet didn’t fill me with enthusiasm. Too many symbols, maybe intelligible in the 20’s to the Paris intelligentsia but almost ridiculous today. And this is unfortunately the sign that Cocteau’s work doesn’t pass the test of time and cannot be, according to me, described as poetic. Anecdotal and somewhat interesting yes but not poetic.
This picture is interesting to look act... it is a work of art...almost dream like, but it only goes so far... all in all I enjoyed watching the imagination of the director. I think there are better pictures from cocteau. I can't help but think that maybe just maybe it would have been different if it was a silent picture... but who knows?
This is my favorite film because it was the film that really opened up the process of filmmaking to me, and it is a film whose depth of imagery is still plundered today (see: Coppola's Dracula, Spike Lee's She Gotta Have It). I made a short review of the film here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RthJLZjMR84
Early film from director Jean Cocteau is a dull and pretentious surrealist film - there is some inventive imagery and some interesting camera tricks, but it's painfully slow, with lingering shots that drag on and on while annoying cartoonish music drones. Maybe I'm just didn't get it, but this is a chore to sit through.