Filmmaker David Lynch talks about the history of surrealist films and shares some interesting information on how he was influenced by the likes of Man Ray himself. The films discussed include The Girl With The Prefabricated Heart (1947) by Fernand Léger and Blood Of A Poet (1932) by Jean Cocteau (see below).
The quality isn’t great, but it’s a rare video from the 80s.
Surrealist Cinema presented by David Lynch (BBC Arena 1987)
Part 2 is here.
Le sang d’un poète / The Blood of a Poet (1930, Jean Cocteau)
The Blood of a Poet (French: Le Sang d’un Poete) (1930) is an avant-garde film directed by Jean Cocteau and financed by Charles, Vicomte de Noailles. Photographer Lee Miller made her only film appearance in this movie, and it also features an appearance by the famed aerialist Barbette. It is the first part of the Orphic Trilogy, which is continued in Orphée (1950) and was concluded with Testament of Orpheus (1960).
Director: Jean Cocteau
Writer: Jean Cocteau
Stars: Enrique Rivero, Elizabeth Lee Miller and Pauline Carton
Image: Still from The Girl With The Prefabricated Heart