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Jean Cocteau on Cinema, Art, and Immortality

Click here, or on the image above, to see a documentary on Jean Cocteau.

It should come as no shock to readers of this blog that Jean Cocteau, the multi-talented French artist — filmmaker, poet, novelist, sculptor, muralist, librettist, painter, playwright, memoirist — is one of my favorite cinéastes. Here’s the first part of an excellent documentary on his life and work, which you can easily follow by clicking on the other links that present themselves after the first section. Cocteau is, as always, simultaneously quixotic and absolutely transparent in his various pronouncements, and his opening declaration that he “detests” frivolity and fantasy might seem at odds with much of this work, but then again, perhaps not — as one can easily see, Cocteau was absolutely serious about everything he did, as he makes manifestly clear in this film.


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Wheeler Winston Dixon

Wheeler Winston Dixon, Ryan Professor of Film Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is an internationally recognized scholar and writer of film history, theory and criticism. He is the author of thirty books and more than 100 articles on film, and appears regularly in national media outlets discussing film and culture trends. Frame by Frame is a collection of his thoughts on a number of those topics. All comments by Dixon on this blog are his own opinions. To contact Prof. Dixon for an interview, reach him at or

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