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About the Author: Jean Cocteau

Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau (5 July 1889 – 11 October 1963) was a French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, boxing manager, playwright and filmmaker. Along with other Surrealists of his generation (Jean Anouilh and René Char for example) Cocteau grappled with the "algebra" of verbal codes old and new, mise en scène language and technologies of modernism to create a paradox: a classical avant-garde. His circle of associates, friends and lovers included Jean Marais, Henri Bernstein, Colette, Édith Piaf, whom he cast in one of his one act plays entitled Le Bel Indifferent in 1940, and Raymond Radiguet.

His work was played out in the theatrical world of the Grands Theatres, the Boulevards and beyond during the Parisian epoque he both lived through and helped define and create. His versatile, unconventional approach and enormous output brought him international acclaim.


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ISBN10: 229033961X | ISBN13: 9782290339619

Page count: 95

L'histoire a traversé les siècles... Orphée a perdu Eurydice, mordue par un serpent. Pour la ramener sur terre, il n'hésite pas à affronter tous les périls de l'enfer. Une seule condition : lors de cette lente remontée vers le monde des vivants, il ne doit pas se retourner, ni regarder la bien-aimée. Hélas ! Cocteau relance le mythe. Parmi ses personnages, quel est le plus envoûtant ? Cet Orphée, amoureux de sa mort qui va et qui vient à travers les miroirs ? La princesse qui transgresse les lois de l'au-delà pour l'amour du poète ? Heurtebise, le messager, qui apparaît et disparaît à volonté ? Eurydice ? L'Intouchable, l'Invisible, l'Ombre ? Dans un décor surréaliste où les vivants et les morts se côtoient, le film de Cocteau prolonge encore le mystère..

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