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The Gun - Directions for Use

(Charlie Barber)

One of the true classics of the cinema and a key work of Surrealism, Jean Cocteau's first film Blood of a Poet 

[Le sang d'un poète] (1930) is an aesthetic tour de force  consisting of a series of episodes and imaginary events. Exploring the technical capabilities of film to magically transcend time, the strange and disturbing images and trick photography represent Cocteau's unique view of "the poet's inner self". Cocteau's combination of visual poetry and theatrical camp makes this a rich, fascinating and enigmatic film.

Track listing:


Nick Williams oboe

Charlotte Self bass clarinet

Hugh Wilkinson marimba, bongos

Jonathan Burnett violin


Catalogue No:  SA1005

Label:  Sound Affairs

Release date:  28 October 2006