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Voce umana (2014) - Short Film
'Human Voice' is based on Jean Cocteau's iconic one woman play of the same name. Set against the backdrop of Naples, Italy, in 1950, this romantic drama tells the story of Angela, (played by Sophia Loren), a woman in the twilight of her years who rides the emotional roller coaster of her last telephone conversation with the man she loves as he is leaving her for another woman. (imdb)
The thwarted loves of Jean Cocteau and Raymond Radiguet, in the early 1920s. The death of Radiguet who did Cocteau sink in opium. A story under the influence of drug. A narrative description in the mind of Cocteau. A musical. (imdb)
Merlin has been unsuccessful using magic until his mother shares a secret.
With this film, Cocteau helps the viewer not only get into his head but all the artistic pioneers who were his peers in the first decades of the 20th century. (imdb comments)
Stravinsky: Once at a Border... (1982) - TV Movie
This autobiographical film about the most important and influential composer of the 20th century includes documents, photographs and film never seen publicly before. (imdb)
A hunted man breaks into the castle at Oberwald to kill the Queen, but faints before doing so. He is Sebastian, the splitting image of the King who was assassinated on his wedding day. The Queen discovers that Sebastian once wrote a subversive poem that she liked, even though it was attacking her. The Queen dares Sebastian to kill her, otherwise she vows to kill him. (imdb)
The Human Voice (1966) - TV Movie
Renowned playwright Jean Cocteau's THE HUMAN VOICE is a riveting drama that unfolds through one woman's monologue. Played by the talented and beautiful Ingrid Bergman, the protagonist a middle-aged woman who is in the midst of a psychological breakdown as a result of a recently ended love affair. (imdb)
In the First World War, when Paris is expected to fall to the Germans, the attractive widow, Princesse de Bormes, organises a convoy of cars to evacuate the wounded from the front, and bring them back to her villa in Paris to recuperate. (imdb)
Jean Cocteau s'adresse... à l'an 2000 (1962) - Short Film
Jean Cocteau sends his message to the year 2000.
Princess of Cleves is married with a rich and old prince but she loves secretly a lord younger, more beautiful and also very popular. (imdb)
At the end of the 1950s, celebrated French documentarian François Reichenbach spent eighteen months traveling the United States, documenting its diverse regions, their inhabitants and their pastimes. The result is a wide-eyed – perhaps even naïve – journey through a multitude of different Americas, filtered through a French sensibility and serving as a fascinating exploration of a culture that is both immediately familiar and thoroughly alien. (arrowfilms.com)
The Poet looks back over his life and work, recalling his inspirations and obsessions. (imdb)
Le bel indifférent (1957) - Short Film
A woman and a man sits in a room with all red walls. The woman, in a a black dress sitting on white sheets, talks while the man seems indifferent. Based on Jean Cocteau's play.
A chaotic series of Dadaistic, Surrealistic and symbolic scenes involving the theme of chess in one way or another.
La villa Santo-Sospir (1952) - Short Film
Short about Mrs. Weisweiller's Villa in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferat, on Côte d'Azur, which was decorated by Jean Cocteau. (imdb)
In this experimental film, Isidore Isou, the leader of the lettrist movement, lashes out at conventional cinema and offers a revolutionary form of movie-making: through scratching and bleaching the film, through desynchronizing the soundtrack and the visual track, through deconstructing the story, he aims to renew the seventh art the same way he tried to revolutionize the literary world. (imdb)
Elisabeth is very protective of her teenage brother Paul, who is injured in a snowball fight at school and has to rest in bed most of the time... (imdb)
Orphée is a poet who becomes obsessed with Death (the Princess). They fall in love. Orphée's wife, Eurydice, is killed by the Princess' henchmen and Orphee goes after her into the Underworld. Although they have become dangerously entangled, the Princess sends Orphée back out of the Underworld, to carry on his life with Eurydice. (imdb)
Désordre (1949) - Short Film
Fascinating early forerunner of the counterculture, this documentary attempts to render the restlessness and searching of Left Bank youth of the fifties. Letterist poetry, the "beat" nightclubs. Simone de Beauvoir, scenes from an existentialist play, Juliette Greco singing. The message: beauty and order will be discovered only by those who first travel the painful road of confusion and disorder. (Amos Vogel)
Political intrigue and psychological drama run parallel. The queen is in seclusion, veiling her face... (imdb)
When Michel, who's 22, tells his parents he is in love, his mother Yvonne is distraught, believing she... (imdb)
A simple woman sleeps with a bum, portrayed by Fellini, under the impression that he is Saint Joseph. She then makes plans to give birth to Jesus Christ and is greeted by derision by the people of her village. (imdb)
"Once upon a time..." A half-ruined merchant lives in the country with his son Ludovic and his three daughters... (imdb)
Realizing that her lover (Jean) is losing interest in her, a society lady (Helene) gets revenge by tricking him into marrying a former prostitute (imdb)
Although by no means one of those "historical" movies Guitry was famous for ("Si Paris (Versailles) M'Etait Conté" "Les Perles de la Couronne" ),"De JA à PP " is a much more modest interesting document. It's a lecture by Guitry himself sitting as his desk and flipping through "files".
The classic tale of Tristan and Isolde in 1940's France. (huluplus)
A countess goes to live at her uncle's manor with her two children. When they arrive, they're told the baron has disappeared.
A banker whose unusual generosity gets him put in a mental institution escapes and hides out in a boarding house.
A young artist draws a face at a canvas on his easel. Suddenly the mouth on the drawing comes into life and starts talking. The artist tries to wipe it away with his hand, but when he looks into the hand he finds the living mouth on his palm. He tries to wipe it off on the mouth of an unfinished statue of a young woman. The statue comes into life and tells him that the only way out of the studio is through the looking glass.