Jean Cocteau

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Streaming: Pedro Almodóvar’s The Human Voice and other A-list shorts
The Spanish auteur’s joyous half-hour film The Human Voice, now on Mubi, makes you wish that more top directors would occasionally keep it brief

Guy Lodge

24, Jul, 2021 @7:00 AM

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The Human Voice review – Tilda Swinton on the verge in Almodóvar’s tale of despair
Swinton plays a woman abandoned by her lover in a short, affecting drama that echoes the uncertainties of lockdown

Peter Bradshaw

13, May, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Juno Temple's teenage obsessions: 'Brandon Flowers was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen'
The actor, who stars alongside Justin Timberlake in Palmer, recalls her love of Eminem, the magic of Jean Cocteau and why she is fascinated by corsetry

As told to Rich Pelley

18, Feb, 2021 @3:45 PM

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Observer picture archive: Jean Cocteau, November 1950
Jane Bown’s first trip to Paris resulted in this memorable portrait of the French artist and writer

selected by Greg Whitmore, Observer picture editor

17, Nov, 2018 @6:00 PM

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Orphée review – Cocteau's classic never looks back
Jean Marais’ journey through the underworld gains new strangeness and rapture in this restoration of Jean Cocteau’s 1950 Orpheus myth

Peter Bradshaw

18, Oct, 2018 @7:00 AM

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The Human Voice review – Leanne Best delivers a tour de force of despair
Gate theatre, London
Guilt, anguish and female torment simmer within a stunning star turn in this revival of Jean Cocteau’s study of a woman on the brink

Arifa Akbar

21, Sep, 2018 @7:00 PM

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Left Bank by Agnès Poirier – existentialism, jazz and the miracle of Paris in the 1940s
A gushing love letter to the French capital features De Beauvoir, Sartre, Samuel Beckett and wave after and wave of oversexed, overpaid Americans

Stuart Jeffries

11, Jul, 2018 @11:00 AM

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Les Enfants Terribles review – dark sibling fantasy
Top-flight dancers, Javier de Frutos moves, Philip Glass score and Cocteau’s twisted tale don’t quite add up

Luke Jennings

05, Feb, 2017 @8:00 AM

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Les Enfants Terribles review – Javier De Frutos teases out sex-games siblings' inner damage
With eight Royal Ballet dancers enacting the claustrophobic world of an incestuous couple, De Frutos weaves intricate physical poetry around Jean Cocteau’s text and Philip Glass’s limiting score

Judith Mackrell

29, Jan, 2017 @12:44 PM

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Les Enfants Terribles: Cocteau's scandalous siblings dance on the edge
Ahead of the Royal Ballet’s new production of Philip Glass’s dance opera, based on the poetic French novel, choreographer Javier De Frutos and his principal dancers talk incest, jealousy and revenge

Judith Mackrell

21, Jan, 2017 @10:00 AM

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La Voix Humaine review – intimate invitation to a lover's betrayal
Claire Booth gives an unforgettably intense performance as the abandoned mistress in WNO’s stylish immersive Poulenc/Cocteau staging

Rian Evans

05, Jun, 2016 @12:09 PM

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Readers recommend: songs about glamour and style | Peter Kimpton
Is it gait, cut of the jib, garb or charismatic charm? Sift through your musical wardrobes for songs that mention qualities of magnetism, prestige or allure, says Peter Kimpton

Peter Kimpton

05, Nov, 2015 @8:00 PM

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