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The Orphic Trilogy
Decadent, subversive, and bristling with artistic invention, the myth-born cinema of Jean Cocteau disturbs as much as it charms. Cocteau was the most versatile of artists in prewar Paris. Poet, novelist, playwright, painter, celebrity, and maker of cinema—his many talents converged in bold, dreamlike films that continue to enthrall audiences around the world. In THE BLOOD OF A POET, ORPHEUS, and TESTAMENT OF ORPHEUS, Cocteau utilizes the Orphic myth to explore the complex relationships between the artist and his creations, reality and the imagination.