The Cinefamily presents Jean Cocteau’s surreal 1930 film, with Steven Severin performing a new live musical accompaniment. The movie is 55 minutes of bizarre imagery, recalling a longer version of Luis Bunuel’s seminal “The Andalusian Dog.” Weird stuff but interesting to those with a taste for the bizarre. Unfortunately the film will be screened digitally. From the Cinefamily Website:
For the first time ever, Severin will perform live his brand-new score for French master Jean Cocteau’s debut 1930 film. As scandalous as Bunuel’s L’Age D’Or upon its original release in the same year, Cocteau’s heady mix of startling-for-its-time camera technique, voyeuristic lust and mindbending imagery straight from the subconsciousness serves as a kind of Rosetta stone both for the European avant garde and for the controlling images of Cocteau’s cinema in general. The film’s tableaux revolve around a young poet whose drawings instigate bizarre incidents: a statue comes to life, a mirror leads through to a corridor (later explored in Cocteau’s Orpheus), a ritualistic suicide results in reincarnation. Cocteau provides no clear answers, and the film’s pure enjoyment derives from trying to sort through the maze of fragmented pieces.
Title: Blood of a Poet with new live score
Location: Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles 90036
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Date: November 18 at 8pm