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Cocteau's Poets
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Testament of Orpheus

Le testament d'Orphée

Directed by Jean Cocteau
France, 1960
Fantasy, Avant-Garde
  • French
  • English
Cocteau's Poets


In his last film, Jean Cocteau portrays an 18th-century poet who travels through time on a quest for divine wisdom. Testament of Orpheus brings full circle the journey Cocteau began in The Blood of a Poet, an exploration of the torturous relationship between the artist and his creations.

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We follow yesterday’s celebration of Jean Cocteau with his final film and most expansive artistic statement. Answering nearly all of the images & ideas on creation and mortality found in Blood of a Poet, Cocteau concludes both his art and his life with this luminous and lively work of surrealism.

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