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Jean Cocteau
James S. Williams
071905883X
May 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
This is a comprehensive, original and accessible account of all aspects of Jean Cocteau's work in the cinema. It is the first major study in English to appear for over forty years and casts new light on Cocteau's most celebrated films as well as those often neglected or little known.


Count D'Orgel's Ball
Raymond Radiguet
1590171381
Mar 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Cocteau identifies Radiguet (1903-1923) as "the ageless author of a dateless book," but this French novel, first published in the U.S. in 1954 in another translation, is all the more remarkable in that Radiguet completed it at the age of 20. Envisioned as "a novel in which psychology alone is 'novelistic,' " the brief work scrutinizes the mechanisms of passion as it operates among a count, his wife and a young family friend who fancies himself in love with the countess. Radiguet uses this triangle--and the illicit attractions that are never played out--to critique romantic love as a theme in legend and literature, alluding, variously, to Tristan and Isolde, Sleeping Beauty, The Scarlet Letter , the oeuvre of Flaubert and more. Radiguet displays both the arresting insight and the easy cynicism of the young,...


Cocteau
Trista Selous (Translator)
190347017X
February 2004
Paperback
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From Booklist
An aura of making up for past neglect suffuses this complement to a retrospective of French artist-in-all-media Cocteau's work and image (he was one of the most depicted modern artists, by others as well as himself). Author after author of the volume's 16 thought-provoking essays says Cocteau (1891-1963) is near-criminally undervalued because of the ease of execution his clean, mobile line suggests and because he was openly homosexual. He exacerbated his underestimation by contributing to but not joining the great art movements of his heyday--dada and surrealism, in particular--and by deferring to Picasso, to the point of worship, as the greatest modern artist. His style and matter recall the great Spaniard's, but where Picasso is heavy and carnal, Cocteau is light and sexy (often explicitly). His films, especially Le...


Lee Miller: A Life
Carolyn Burke
0375401474
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Miller (1907–1977) began her career as a fashion model, and quickly decamped for Paris, where she became Man Ray's muse and student. After they split, she returned to Manhattan for a brief stint as a studio photographer, but eventually returned to Europe. Her surrealist background led to her taking stunning photos of the London Blitz, but she shot her most memorable—and disturbing—images accompanying American troops from Paris to Dachau as a war correspondent for Vogue. Burke's meticulously detailed biography reveals how keenly Miller's wartime experiences haunted her during her final troubled decades, but it also probes sympathetically into the artist's other significant trauma: a childhood rape, which was, Burke conjectures, exacerbated by her father's practice of photographing her nude well...


Maalesh
Jean Cocteau
0313200548
Mar 1978
Hardcover
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Language Notes
Text: English, French (translation)


Beauty and the Beast
Jean Cocteau
0486227766
June 1972
Paperback
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Book Description
Personalities of actors, technical problems and their surmounting, daily events, much more. 38 photographs.


Erotica: Drawings
Jean Cocteau
0720611814
May 2003
Paperback
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Two Screenplays
Jean Cocteau
0714505803
Sept 1993
Paperback
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Language Notes
Text: English, French (translation)


Paris Jazz: A Guide from the Jazz Age to the Present
Luke Miner
1892145294
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
This entertaining guide leads readers to hallowed jazz sites in four neighborhoods: Montmartre, Montparnasse, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, and the area around the Champs-Élysées. Readers can visit the clubs made famous by jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Duke Ellington, Stephane Grappelli, and the beloved gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt, as well as the hotels and apartments where they lived. Evocative black-and-white photographs recreate the glamour of the Jazz Age, when Josephine Baker shimmied onstage in skirts of satin palm leaves and Montmartre was a collection of windmills, vineyards, and rickety huts home to a vibrant bohemian community. Features four easy-to-use neighborhood maps and a comprehensive listing of contemporary jazz clubs.


The Art of Cinema
Jean Cocteau
0714529478
Aug 1992
Hardcover
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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French


Paris
Manufactured by Assouline Staff
2843236061
October 2004
Hardcover
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The Art of Cinema
Jean Cocteau
0714529745
Oct 1993
Paperback
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Book Description
This posthumous collection of writings illuminates Cocteau's own work for the cinema with detailed discussions of his aims, responses to criticism and his reflections on the relationship between poetry, theatre and film. He also comments on the movie stars he admires-Marlene Dietrich, James Dean, Brigitte Bardot-together with such great directors as Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Jean Cocteau
Patrick Mauries
2843236037
March 2003
Hardcover
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Past Tense: The Cocteau Diaries, Vol. 1
Jean Cocteau
0156713608
November 1988
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Covering 1951-1952, this first publication in English of part of Cocteau's diaries chronicles what he was reading and writing; his activities as a poet, playwright, painter, filmmaker, designer of mosaics and tapestries; the people he saw (Colette in a wheelchair, Garbo in a restaurant, Matisse receiving acupuncture in bed) and those he dined with (Picasso and Stravinsky, the two men who had the greatest influence on him). Overwhelmed by requests, suffering constantly from an inflamed hand, Cocteau worked on a play (Bacchus, an oratorio text for Hindemith and drawings for Radiguet's novels, and traveled to Germany, Greece and Vienna. He comments on the abdication of King Farouk, lauds the novels of Dumas, criticizes Sartre's book on Genet ("The last chapters sink into a disgusting mud"), evaluates Maugham's...


The Thief's Journal
Jean Genet
0802130143
October 1987
Paperback
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Language Notes
Text: English, French (translation)

Download Description
Genet's fictionalized and distant account of his rambles through France, Czechoslavakia, Germany and elsewhere in the '30s and '40s, covering his time in prison, his relationships with men such as the one-armed Stilitano, along with erotic accounts of his lovers during the period, and interspersed with meditation and daydreams.


Opium
Jean Cocteau
0720608007
Dec 1996
Paperback
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The Miscreant
Jean Cocteau
0720611733
Dec 2003
Paperback
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Jean Cocteau and the Testament of Orpheus
Lucien Clergue
0670892580
August 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
French director, poet, novelist, dramatist, and illustrator Jean Cocteau is known for being one of the most versatile and diversely talented artists of the twentieth century. Testament of Orpheus is a photographic journal and tribute to Cocteau's final film of the same name. Lucien Clergue was a close friend of Cocteau's and a photographer on the set of the film. He captures the essential scenes and symbols from the movie and provides a moving portrait of the poet as well as an intriguing elaboration on Cocteau's cinema as well as on surrealism and the Myth of Orpheus.

About the Author
Photographer Lucien Clergue has had one-man exhibitions of his work worldwide, and his photographs are included in many major museums. He is the founder of the annual Festival of...

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