The Blood of a Poet | 1932

Directed by: Jean Cocteau

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Main Plot

One of cinema's great experiments, this first installment of the Orphic Trilogy stretches the medium to its limits in an effort to capture the poet's obsession with the struggle between the forces of life and death.


  • Enrique Rivero's character in "The Blood of a Poet" is a poet who embarks on a surreal journey through his imagination.
  • Elizabeth Lee Miller plays a minor role in the plot of The Blood of a Poet and appears as a statue.
  • Pauline Carton's character in The Blood of a Poet is a maid who witnesses the strange events unfolding in the artist's world.


In the ending of "The Blood of a Poet," the poet enters a mirror and finds himself in a hotel room where he witnesses various surreal and symbolic events. He encounters a statue that comes to life, a group of masked individuals, and a woman who is shot and killed. The poet then returns to the original room, only to find his own dead body lying on the bed. The film concludes with the poet's hand emerging from the mirror, suggesting a cycle of rebirth and artistic exploration.

Jean Cocteau