Blood of a Poet
Composed for four players:
ob, b cl, vln, perc (marimba, bongos)
Duration: 50 minutes
First performance at Chapter Cinema, Cardiff on 28 October 2006
with Nick Williams (oboe), Alison Lambert (bass clarinet), Aibhe Smythe (violin), Hugh Wilkinson (percussion)
Jean Cocteau’s Le sang d’un poète (Blood of a Poet) (1930) explores the technical capabilities of film to magically transcend time, to capture creativity and to suspend physical laws. One of the true classics of the cinema and a key work of Surrealism, Cocteau’s first film is an aesthetic tour de force consisting of a series of episodes and imaginary events. The strange and disturbing images and trick photography represent Cocteau’s unique view of “the poet’s inner self”. Cocteau’s combination of visual poetry and theatrical camp makes this a rich, fascinating and enigmatic film.