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Tuesday night film series “Space, Body, Sound” showcasing "The Blood of a Poet"

Date: 04/08/2014

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Best Buy Theater Northrop Memorial Auditorium

Cost: Free


The Tuesday night film series “Space, Body, Sound” showcases five films, selected by film studies faculty from five departments, chosen to reflect some aspect of Northrop’s primary focus on the performing arts. Each film will be introduced and framed by the faculty person who selected it. Curated by Verena Mund.

April 8: The Blood of a Poet
(France 1930; Jean Cocteau); programmed by Christophe Wall-Romana (French & Italian)

The Blood of a Poet (1930) is Jean Cocteau’s first film, and the first French avant-garde sound film. It is a dream-like series of biographical vignettes about the role of sexuality in poetic apprenticeship. It focuses on bodily transformations, such as a woman-statue (the photographer Lee Miller), a cross-dresser (Barbette), a hermaphrodite (Cocteau himself) and a half-angel and half-helicopter Senegalese dancer. Its trick spaces–such as a water-mirror and sets with 90-degree gravity–deploy special effects with an originality that links Georges Méliès and George Lucas. The Blood of a Poet remains a remarkably fresh, innovative and poetic film, and confounds some of our ideas about the evolution of the use of sound, body and space in cinema.

April 15: Itam Hakim Hopiit
(US 1984; Victor Masayesva) documentary; programmed by Angelica Lawson (American Indian); course: AMIN 3304 Indigenous Filmmakers

April 22: Reality
(Italy 2012; Matteo Garrone); programmed by Laurie Ouellette (Communication Studies); course: COMM 3231 Reality TV: History, Culture, and Economics

April 29: We Can’t Go Home Again
(US 1973; Nicholas Ray) experimental film; programmed Alice Lovejoy (Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature); course: MIMS 8003 Historiography of the Moving Image

May 6: The River
(Taiwan 1997; Tsai Ming-liang); programmed by Jason McGrath (Asian Languages and Literatures); course: ALL 3356 Chinese Film




  • Name: Graeme Stout
  • E-mail: stou0046@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-625-2901
  • Sponsored by: Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature, Moving Image Studies (MIMS), Institute for Advanced Study, University Libraries

More information: http://ias.umn.edu/2014/04/08/space-body-sound/

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature, cscl@umn.edu, 612-624-8099

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