11 October

Poet, novelist, filmmaker, actor, painter, designer, one-time boxing promoter and full-time celebrity, Jean Cocteau died on 11 October 1963.

October 11, 2009 · 1 min read

Cocteau, one of the most influential film-makers of all time and best known for his surrealist films such as La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast) and Orpheus was at the centre of most movements throughout the 20th century from surrealism to modernism.

Fittingly for such a creative yet complex individual, who wore many masks, Cocteau made use of mirror motifs in his films to represent portals to other worlds or between the outer and the inner worlds of the self.


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