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FILMS WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY JEAN COCTEAU
1925

JEAN COCTEAU FAIT DU CINÉMA

16 mm, lost?

1930 LE SANG D'UN POÈTE - THE BLOOD OF A POET

(Initially entitled: The Life of a Poet.) Direction, editing and commentary: Jean Cocteau. Assistants: Michel Arnaud and Louis Page. Cinematography: Georges Périnal, assisted by Preben Engberg. Sets: Jean d'Eaubonne. Sound: Henri Labrély (RCA. Photophone system). Music: Georges Auric. Orchestra conducted by Édouard Flamant. Plaster casts: Plastikos. Cast: Lee Miller (the statue), Enrique Rivero (the poet), Féral Benga (the Black Angel), Pauline Carton (the children's tutor), Jean Desbordes (the character in the Louis XV costume), Odette Talazac, Barbette, Fernand Duchamps, Lucien Lager (the spectators in the boxes). Production: Vicomte de Noailles.

1946 LA BELLE ET LA BÊTE - BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Story, script and direction: Jean Cocteau, adapted from the fairy tale by Mme. Leprince de Beaumont. Technical direction: René Clément. Art direction (Sets and costumes): Christian Bérard, assisted by René Moulaert. Cinematography: Henri Alekan. Camera operator: Henri Tiquet. Sound: Jacques Lebreton. Music: Georges Auric. Editing: Claude Ibéria. Cast: Jean Marais (Avenant, the Beast, the Prince). Josette Day (Belle), Mila Parély and Nane Germon (Adélaïde and Félicie, her sisters), Marcel André (her father), Michel Auclair (Ludovic, her brother), Raoul Marco (the usurer, voice of Jean Cocteau), Gilles Watteaux, Noë Blin. Production: André Paulvé. Production director: Émile Darbon. Distribution: Discina. Photographer: Aldo.

1947 L’AIGLE Á DEUX TÊTES - THE EAGLE HAS TWO HEADS

Scenario, script and direction: Jean Cocteau, based on his own play. Technical assistant: Hervé Bromberger. Artistic direction (models, sets, costumes): Christian Bérard, assisted by Georges Wakhévitch and Morin (sets), Marcel Escoffier, Jean Zay and Bataille (costumes). Cinematography: Christian Matras. Camera operator: Alain Douarinou. Sound: René Longuet. Music: Georges Auric. Editing: Claude Ibéria. Cast: Edwige Feuillère (The Queen), Jean Marais (Stanislas), Sylvia Monfort (Édith de Berg), Jean Debucourt (Félix de Willenstein), Jacques Varennes (Comte de Foëhn), Gilles Quéant (Rudy), Abdullah (Toni), Maurice Nazil (Gentz), Yvonne de Bray (the President), Edward Stirling (Adams), Gisèle Brucker (Caroline), Guy Favières (her husband), Claude Serre (the fife player), Gilles Watteaux (a soldier in the Household Cavalry), Édith Lansac, Nora Coste, Mme. de Morlay, Martine de Breteuil, Édouard Dermit (a soldier) and the voice of Jean Cocteau. Production: Ariane Films, Sirius. Photographer: Raymond Voinquel.

1948 LES PARENTS TERRIBLES - THE STORM WITHIN

Adaptation, script and direction: Jean Cocteau, based on his own play. Artistic direction: Christian Bérard, assisted by Guy de Gastyne. Assistant director and assistant Editor: Raymond Leboursier. Cinematography: Michel Kelber. Camera operator: Henri Tiquet. Sound: Antoine Archimbaud. Music: Georges Auric. Editing: Jacqueline Sadoul. Cast: Jean Marais (Michel), Yvonne de Bray (Yvonne - Sophie), Gabrielle Dorziat (Léo), Marcel André (Georges), Josette Day (Madeleine) and the voice of Jean Cocteau (for the closing shot). Production: Ariane (Alexandre Mnouchkine and Francis Cosne). Photographer: Roger Corbeau.

1950 ORPHÉE - ORPHEUS

Scenario, script and direction: Jean Cocteau. Cinematography: Nicolas Hayer. Sets: Jean d'Eaubonne (models conceived by Christian Bérard). Costumes: Marcel Escoffier. Sound: Pierre Calvet. Music: Georges Auric. Cast: Jean Marais (Orphée), Maria Casarès (the princess), Maria Déa (Eurydice), François Périer (Heurtebise), Juliette Gréco (Aglaonice), Édouard Dermit (Cégeste), Henri Crémieux (the editor), Pierre Bertin (the police superintendent), Roger Blin (the poet). Jacques Varennes, André Camège, René Worms (the judges), Renée Cosima (a Bacchante), René Lacour (the postman), Maffre (an agent), Jean-Pierre Melville (the hotel manager), Claude Mauriac, Jean-Pierre Mocky, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, Claude Borelli, Philippe Bordier, Victor Taboumol and the voice of Jean Cocteau. Production: André Paulvé and Les Films du Palais-Royal. Production director: Émile Darbon. Distribution: Discina. Photographer: Roger Corbeau.

1950 CORIOLAN

16 mm. With Jean Marais, Josette Day and Jean Cocteau. Production: Henri Filipacchi.

1952 LA VILLA SANTO-SOSPIR

(Short film.) Kodachrome, 16 mm. Assistant: Frédéric Rossif. Filmed at Francine Weisweiller's villa in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. The villa's walls were decorated by Jean Cocteau. Rare public screenings.

1960 LE TESTAMENT D'ORPHÉE (OU NE ME DEMANDEZ PAS POURQUOI) - THE TESTAMENT OF ORPHEUS

Scenario, script and direction: Jean Cocteau. Collaboration technique : Claude Pinoteau. Cinematography: Roland Pontoizeau. Camera operator: Raichi. Sets: Pierre Guffroy. Costumes and sculptures: Janine Janet. Sound: Pierre Bertrand and René Sarrazin. Editing: Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte. Cast: Jean Cocteau (the poet), Jean-Pierre Léaud (the Schoolboy), Nicole Courcel (the young mother), Françoise Christophe (the nurse), Henri Crémieux (the professor), Daniel Gélin (the intern), Philippe Juzau and Daniel Moosmann (the man-horses), Alice Sapritch and Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte (two gipsies), Édouard Dermit (Cégeste), Henri Torrès (the presenter), Michèle Comte (the little girl), Maria Casarès (the Princess), François Périer (Heurtebise), Francine Weisweiller (the lady with the umbrella), Philippe (Gustave), Guy Dute and Jean-Claude Petit (the Men-Dogs), Alice Heyliger (Iseult), Michèle Lemoig (the lover), Yul Brynner (the usher), Claudine Auger (Minerve), Jean Marais (Œdipe), Brigitte Morissan (Antigone) and Pablo Picasso, Jacqueline Roque-Picasso, Luis-Miguel Dominguin, Lucia Bose, Charles Aznavour and Serge Lifar as themselves. Production: Jean Thuillier, les Éditions cinématographiques. Distribution: Cinédis. Photographer: Lucien Clergue.

FILMS INSPIRED BY THE WORKS OF JEAN COCTEAU
1948

LA VOIX HUMAINE - HUMAN VOICE (LA VOCE UMANA, A EPISODE OF - WAYS OF LOVE)

Direction: Roberto Rossellini, based on the one-act play by Jean Cocteau. Sets: Christian Bérard. Cast: Anna Magnani.

1950 LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES - THE STRANGE ONES

Adaptation, scenario and script: Jean Cocteau, based on his novel. Produced and directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. Assistants: Claude Pinoteau, Michel Drach, Serge Bourguignon, Jacques Guymont. Cinematography: Henri Decae. Technical direction: Philippe Schwob. Sets: Jean-Pierre Melville. Sound: Jacques Gallois and Jacques Carrière. Music: Bach, Vivaldi. Editing: Monique Bonnot. Cast: Nicole Stéphane (Élisabeth), Édouard Dermit (Paul), Renée Cosima (Dargelos, Agathe), Jacques Bernard (Gérard), Roger Gaillard (his uncle), Adeline Auroc (Mariette), Maurice Revel (the doctor), Mel Martin (Michael), Jean-Marie Robain (the headmaster), Émile Mathis (the auditor), Maria Syliakus (the mother), Annabel (the model), Rachel Devirys, Hélène Rémy and the voice of Jean Cocteau. Distribution: Gaumont.

1957 LE BEL INDIFFÉRENT

Director: Jacques Demy, based on the one-act play by Jean Cocteau. Eastmancolor. Sets: Bernard Evein. Music: Maurice Jarre. Cast: Jeanne Allard, Angelo Bellini. Production: S.N. Pathé-Cinéma.

1959 SAINT-BLAISE-DES-SIMPLES

Scenario and commentary: Jean-Jacques Kilim. Director: Philippe Joulia. Cinematography: Pierre Fattori. Music: Domenico Cimarosa, adapted by Amable Massis and Fernand Oubradous. Editing: Liliane Fattori. Narrated by François Périer. Filmed in Milly-la-Forêt, at the chapelle Saint-Blaise-des-Simples decorated Jean Cocteau. Production: Films du Septentrion.

1963 ANNA LA BONNE

Director: Claude Jutra, from the song (words and music) by Jean Cocteau. Cast: Marianne Oswald. Production: Les Films du Carrosse.

1965 THOMAS L'IMPOSTEUR - THOMAS THE IMPOSTER

Adapted from the Jean Cocteau novel by Jean Cocteau himself, Michel Worms and Georges Franju. Dialogue: Jean Cocteau and Raphaël Cluzel. Director: Georges Franju. Cinematography: Marcel Fradetal. Sets: Claude Pignot. Editing: Gilbert Natot. Music: Georges Auric. Cast: Fabrice Rouleau (Thomas), Emmanuelle Riva (the Princesse de Bormes), Jean Servais (Pesquel Duport), Michel Vitold (De Vernes), Sophie Darès (Henriette), Rosy Varte (Mme. Valiche), Bernard Lavalette (Dr. Gentil), Jean-Roger Caussimon (the Bishop), Gabrielle Dorziat (the fortune teller), Hélène Dieudonné (Thomas' aunt), Édith Scob (a nuse), Édouard Dermit (Captain Roy) and the voice of Jean Marais. Production: Eugène Lépicier (Filme!). Distribution: C.C.F.C.

1970 LA VOIX HUMAINE

Réalisation : Dominique Delouche, d'après l'opéra en un acte de Francis Poulenc. Interprétation : Denise Duval.

1980 LE MYSTÈRE D'OBERWALD (IL MISTERO DI OBERWALD)

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni. Scenario: Michelangelo Antonioni, Tonino Guerra, adapted from Cocteau's Aigle à deux têtes. Director of photography: Luciano Tovoli. Sets: Mischa Scandella. Costumes: Vittoria Guaita. Editing: Michelangelo Antonioni, with the collaboration of Di Lorenzi (RVM). Musical contributor: Guido Tirchi. Collaboration couleur : Franco Leonardi. Production: Rai-Radiotelevisione Italiana, Politel International, Rete 2. Cast: Monica Vitti (the Queen), Franco Branciaroli (Sebastian), Paolo Bonacelli (the Count of Fohn), Luigi Diberti (Wallenstein), Elisabetta Pozzi (Edith de Berg), Amad Saba Alan (Tony). Saba Alan (Tony).

FILMS WHICH WERE NOT INSPIRED BY JEAN COCTEAU’S WORKS BUT TO WHICH HE WAS NONETHELESS A CONTRIBUTOR

Adaptation, scenario, dialogues or commentaries

A) Feature-length films

1940 LA COMÉDIE DU BONHEUR

Script adaptation for Marcel L'Herbier's version of the Nicolas Evreinoff play. Director: Marcel L'Herbier. Cast: Michel Simon (M. Jourdain), Ramon Novarro (Félix), Jacqueline Delubac (Anita), Micheline Presles (Lydia), Sylvie (Mlle. Aglae), Alerme (Deribin), Louis Jourdan (Fedor), Marcel Vallée, René Génin, Sinoël, Jaques Catelain. Production: Discina.

1942 LE BARON FANTÔME - THE PHANTOM BARRON

Screenplay, scenario and direction: Serge de Poligny. Assistant director: André Versin. Editing assistant: Louis Chavance. Cinematography: Roger Hubert. Camera operator: Marc Fossard. Costume design: Christian Dior. Stage manager: Lucien Pinoteau. Sets: Jacques Krauss. Music: Louis Beydts. Editing: Henri Rust. Cast: Odette Joyeux (EIfy), Jany HoIt (Anne), Alain Cuny (Hervé), André Lefaur (Eustache Dauphin), Aimé Clariond (the bishop), Claude Sainval (Albéric de Marignac), Marcel Péres (Léopold), Charles Vissières (Toussaint), Gabrielle Dorziat (Mme. de Saint-Hélie), Marguerite Pierry (Fébronie), Jean Diener (the coachman), Catherine Fonteney (a guest) and Jean Cocteau (the Barron's ghost). Production director: Robert Florat. Distribution: Consortium de Production de Films J. Sefert A. Frapin. Photographer: Aldo and Ancresaz.

1943 L'ÉTERNEL RETOUR - LOVE ETERNAL

Dialogue and screenplay. Director: Jean Delannoy. Cinematography: Roger Hubert. Sets: Georges Wakhévitch. Costumes: Georges Annenkov. Music: Georges Auric. Cast: Jean Marais (Patrice), Madeleine Sologne (Nathalie), Jean Murat (Marc), Piéral (Achille), Alexandre Rignault (Morholt), Junie Astor (Nathalie la brune), Roland Toutain (Lionel), Jane Marken (Marie-Anne), Yvonne de Bray (Gertrude), Jean d'Yd (Amédée), Sandra Venturini, Robert Sidonac. Producer: André Paulvé. Production director: Émile Darbon. Distribution: Discina. Photographer: Aldo.

1945 LES DAMES DU BOIS DE BOULOGNE - LADIES OF THE PARK

Scenario and adaptation of an episode from Diderot's Jacques the Fatalist; director: Robert Bresson. Cinematography: Philippe Agostini. Sets: Max Douy. Music: Jean-Jacques Grunenwald. Editing: Jean Feyte. Cast: Paul Bernard (Jean), Maria Casarès (Hélène), Élina Labourdette (Agnès), Lucienne Bogaert (Agnès' mother), Jean Marchat (Jacques). Production: Raoul Ploquin.

1947 RUY BLAS

Story and words adapted from the Victor Hugo drama. Director: Pierre Billon. Assistant: Michel Boisrond. Cinematography: Michel Kelber. Cameramen: Louis Stein and Roland Paillas. Sets: Georges Wakhévitch. Costumes: Marcel Escoffier. Sound: René Longuet. Set manager: Lucien Pinoteau. Music: Georges Auric. Editing: Maurice Serein. Cast: Jean Marais (Ruy Blas, Zafari), Danielle Darrieux (Queen Maria de Neubourg), Gabrielle Dorziat (the duchesse d'Albuquerque), Marcel Herrand (Don Salluste), Alexandre Rignault (Goulatromba), Amiot (Santa-Cruz), Gilles Quéant (the duc d'Albe), Ionne Salinass (Casilda), Charles Lemontier (Camporéal), Lurville (the bishop), Pierre Magnier (Priego), Jacques Berlioz, Rolla Norman, Alain Dhurtal, Édy Debray, Guy Pavières (five ministers), Giovanni Grasso (Don Guritan), Claude Serre (the equerry), Olivier Darrieux, Michel Flamme. Production: André Paulvé and Georges Legrand. Production directors: René Jaspard and Julien Rivière. Distribution: Discina. Photographer: Raymond Voinquel. Raymond Voinquel.

1948 LES NOCES DE SABLE - DESERT WEDDING

Commentary written and narrated by Jean Cocteau (based on a Moroccan legend). Director: André Zwobada. Cameraman: André Bac. Editing: C. Bretoneiche. Music: Georges Auric. Cast: Denise Cardi (the young girl), Itto Bart Lahrsen (the mad woman), Larbi Tounsi (the prince), Himmoud Brahimi (the jester). Production: Maghreb Studio. Production manager: Mohamed Laghzaoui. Technical director: Kebir El Fassi. folklore advisor: Jean Besancenot.

1948 LE ROSSIGNOL ET L'EMPEREUR DE CHINE

Writing of the commentary (off screen voice) for the French version of Cisaruv Slavik, Czechoslovakian, dialogue-less movie, written and directed by Jiri Trnka (adapted from the Hans Christian Andersen tale). Music: Vaclav Trojan. Production: Ceskoslovensky Statni Film. Length: 76 minutes. Helena Patockova: the girl. Jaromir Sobotoa: the boy.

1950 CE SIÈCLE A CINQUANTE ANS - THE CENTURY IS FIFTY

Feature-length documentary directed by Denise Tuai, on the theme of and with commentaries by Jean Masson, together with Serge Roullet, Jean-Georges Auriol, Yannick Bellon, etc. “Dramatic scenes” by Marcel Achard (1900), André Roussin (1938), Françoise Giroud (1925), and Jean Cocteau (1914) performed by Marie Daëms, Renaud Mary, Florence Verdier, Alain Quercy, Geneviève Page, etc., and the voices of Pierre Fresnay and François Périer. Music: Georges Auric and Henri Sauguet. Production: SEPIC-UGC.

1952 LA COURONNE NOIRE - BLACK CROWN

Original screenplay. Adaptation and dialogue: Miguel Mihura. Director: Luis Saslavsky. Cast: Maria Félix, Vittorio Gassmann, Rossano Brazzi, José Maria Lado, Avelino Santana, Antonia Plana, Piéral. Spanish-French co-production Sueva Films-Cesareo GonzaIez.

1961 LA PRINCESSE DE CLÈVES - PRINCESS OF CLEVES

Adaptation and words. Based on the novel by Mme. de La Fayette. Director: Jean Delannoy. Cinematography: Henri Alekan. Sets: René Renoux. Costumes: Marcel Escoffier. Assistant: Jacqueline Guyot. Editing: Henri Tavema. Sound: Jacques Lebreton. Camera operator: Henri Tiquet. Assistant directors: Alain Boudet and Joseph Drimal. Music: Georges Auric. Cast: Marina Vlady (the Princess of Cleves), Jean Marais (the Prince of Cleves), Jean-François Poron (the duc de Nemours), Annie Ducaux (Diane de Poitiers), Lea Padovani (Queen Catherine de Médicis), Raymond Gérome (the king), Renée-Marie Potet (Mary Stuart, the Dauphine), Henri Piegay (the Vidame de Chartres), Alain Feral (the Dauphin, then François II), Piéral (the jester), Ivan Dominique (the Chevalier de Guise), Lea Gray (Mme. de Mercœur), Jacques Hilling (the doctor), Hubert de Lapparent (Ambroise Paré), Georges Lycan (the major-domo), Moncorbier (the painter), Josée Steiner (Mme. de Martigues), Antony Stuart (The English Ambassador). Production director: Léon Carré. A Franco-Italian co-production: Robert Dorfmann - Cinétel - Silver Films - Paris Produzioni cinematografiche "Méditerranée" - Rome Enalpa Films - Rome. Distribution: Cinedis. Photographer: Marcel Dole.

B) Short films

a- Commentaries

1949 TENNIS

Director: Marcel Martin.

1946 L'AMITIÉ NOIRE

Director: François Villiers and Germaine Krull. Production: Office français d'information.
1948 LA LÉGENDE DE SAINTE URSULE

Director: Luciano Emmer. Special effects: Arcady.

1950 VENISE ET SES AMANTS

(Narrated by Jean Cocteau.) Director: Luciano Emmer and Enrico Gras. Music: Roman Vlad. Production Universalia. Distribution: Franco-London.

1953 LE ROUGE EST MIS

Directors: Igor Barrère and Hubert Knapp.

1956 À L'AUBE D'UN MONDE

Director: René Lucot. Production: Cinétest.

b- Prefatory notes

1956 PANTOMIMES

Director: Paul Paviot. Performer: Marcel Marceau.

1958 DJANGO REINHARDT

Director: Paul Paviot. Commentary: Chris Marker.

N.B. - Jean Cocteau also wrote the French commentary for the French adaptation of The Emperor's Nightingale (written and directed by Jiri Trnka and based on the 1951 work by Andersen) and the preface of the French edition of Gate of Hell (by Teinosuke Kinugasa, 1952).

(OTHER) FILMS IN WHICH JEAN COCTEAU APPEARS

A) Feature-length films

1943 LA MALIBRAN

French film by Sacha Guitry. With Geori Boué, Sacha Guitry, Suzy Prim, Jacques Jansen, Denis d'Inès, Jean Weber, Mario Podesta, Mona Goya, Jacques Varennes and Geneviève Guitry. Jean Cocteau plays Alfred de Musset.

1952 8 X 8

American film in colour by Hans Richter. Cast: Jacqueline Matisse and Richard Hulsenbeck, with the participation of Marcel Duchamp, Yves Tanguy, Max Ernst, Alexander Calder, Jean Arp, Julian Lévy, Paul Bowles, José Luis Sert, Frederic Kiesler and Jean Cocteau. The film was never distributed in France

1954 UNE MÉLODIE, QUATRE PEINTRES - FOUR PAINTERS, ONE MELODY

Feature-length German documentary in colour directed par Herbert Seggelke. Camera operator: Georges Meunier (for the part devoted to Jean Cocteau). Commentary narrated by Jean Cocteau (ibid.). Music: Bach. The four paintings are E.W. Nay (Germany), Severini (Italy), Hans Erni (Switzerland) and Jean Cocteau (France). Production: Kœnig-Films.

B) Short films

1950 COLETTE

Director: Yannick Bellon. Commentary written and narrated by Colette. With Maurice Goudeket and Georges Vague.

1951 DÉSORDRE - DISORDER

Director: Jacques Baratier. Music: Daude Luter and Alain Vian (song by Raymond Queneau). With Boris Vian, Annabel, Juliette Gréco, Jacques Audiberti, Raymond Queneau, Simone de Beauvoir, Orson Welles, etc.

1958 LE MUSÉE GRÉVIN

Directors: Jacques Demy and Jean Masson.
 
Available
books and DVD
 
Le Sang d'un poète
Le Rocher
 
4-DVD box set
La Belle et la Bête
Le Testament d'Orphée
Le Sang d'un poète
Cocteau cinéaste
Studio Canal
 
2-DVD box set
La Belle et la Bête
Bonus Le tournage
Studio Canal
 
La Belle et la Bête
Le Rocher
 
Les parents terribles
Folio
 
Orphée
SNC (Groupe M6)
France, 2009
 
2-DVD box set
Les Enfants terribles et
La Villa Santo-Sospir
Bonus Jean Cocteau, autoportrait d'un inconnu
Melville-Productions
 
Le Bel indifférent
by Jacques Demy (1957)
Included in the DVD box set
"Intégrale Demy", 2008 ArteVidéo - Ciné Tamaris
 
Thomas l'imposteur
Folio
 
Du cinématographe
Le Rocher
 
Entretiens sur le cinématographe
Le Rocher
 
L'éternel retour
by Jean Delannoy
SNC (Groupe M6)
France, 2009
 
Ruy Blas
by Pierre Billon
SNC (Groupe M6)
France, 2009
 
Cocteau et le cinéma
Les cahiers du cinéma
 
Derrière la caméra
avec Jean Cocteau
entretien avec
Claude Pinoteau
Horizon illimité
 
Phénixologie
Photographies de L.Clergue
sur le tournage
du Testament d'Orphée
(Actes Sud)

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