Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau

Born: July 5, 1889

Died: October 11, 1963

Nationality: French

Occupation: Director, novelist, poet, artist, filmmaker

Biography: Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau was a French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker. Cocteau is best known for his novel Les Enfants terribles, and the films Blood of a Poet, Les Parents terribles, Beauty and the Beast, and Orpheus.

Source/Notes: On the journal of Franz Kafka; diary entry (7 June 1953); Past Tense: Diaries Vol. 2 (1988)
Source/Notes: As quoted in Newsweek (16 May 1955) Variant translation: Asking an artist to talk about his work is like asking a plant to discuss horticulture.

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Source/Notes: "A call to order: written between the years 1918 and 1926 and including Cock and harlequin, Professional secrets, and other critical essays" (1926), p. 9