Jean Cocteau, the inconnu célèbre, was one of the most celebrated and prolific figures in France of the 20th century. Explore his life, not-stop artistic output and the personal moments that formed him in this feature documentary.
Jean Cocteau possessed a staggering breadth of talent; he achieved fame as a poet, playwright, visual artist, choreographer, set designer and filmmaker. When he died in 1963, he was one of the most celebrated figures in France. Though many in Montparnasse were jealous of the “aura” that surrounded him and which seemed to assure his success in every new endeavor, his life was full of failures, betrayals, and reversals. He responded to these setbacks with a manic work ethic and non-stop artistic output. This feature documentary will explore the give-and-take between his life and his art.
Director/Producer Lisa Immordino Vreeland
Lisa Immordino Vreeland has been immersed in the world of fashion, art and culture for the past 25 years. Her first book was accompanied by her directorial debut of the documentary of the same name, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2012). The film had its European premiere at the Venice Film Festival and its North American premiere at the Telluride Film Festival. It went on to win the Silver Hugo at the Chicago Film Festival and the fashion category for the Design of the Year Awards—otherwise known as “The Oscars” of design—at the Design Museum in London. Her second film, Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival (2015) and had its European premiere at Art Basel. Her second book, Love, Cecil came out in October 2017 to accompany the film Love, Cecil that premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in 2017. Immordino Vreeland curated and directed the award-winning short film series called Art of Style, for the digital fashion network, Made to Measure. The films explored the creative expression of innovative designers and captured their strategy of style. She continues to create work for collectors, galleries, and museums. Her fourth film, Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation was accepted at the 2020 Telluride Film Festival, and was named both the Best Documentary Feature at the Santa Fe Independent Film Fes- tival and the Best LGBTQ Film at the Key West Film Festival. It was purchased by Kino Lorber in the US and is currently streaming
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