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COCTEAU CENTO



United States, 2003, DVCAM - Black and White - 6

DIRECTED BY:
Dan Boord/Luis Valdovino

CAST:
scenes from: Blood of a Poet, Orpheus, Testament of Orpheus, Beauty and the Beast

SCREENPLAY:
Laird Hunt

PRODUCER:
Dan Boord/Luis Valdovino

WORLD SALES:
Luis Valdovino

STORY DESCRIPTION:

This experimental video takes the form of a cento -- a literary work made up of parts from other works. It pays homage to the work of the poet, playwright, artist and filmmaker Jean Cocteau.Mixing footage from several of his films, writings from Cocteau and his contemporaries, and a sound design made up entirely from those writings, the self-reflexive nature of the tape explores many of Cocteau's recurrent themes in the form of a cento: a collage of intensely personal poetic symbols which attempt to evoke the sacrificial nature of art and the relationships among poetry, myth, death, and the unconscious mind.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Dan Boord is a Professor and Luis Valdovino is Associate Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Exhibitions: The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Venice Biennale, Italy, The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain, Toronto Film Festival, Canada, Edinburgh Film Festival, Scotland and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France.

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