In cooperation with the Rhode Island School of Design and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, the Hofstra Cultural Center is proud to present a celebration of the film work of Jean Cocteau. On this 40th anniversary of his death, we invite you to join us as we examine the oeuvre of Cocteau's cinematic poetry. Written with a pen of light, the magical La Belle et la Bête, Le Sang d’un Poète, Orphée and Les Enfants Terribles only begin the list of Cocteau's legacy of fairy tale, myth and parable. His unique ability to combine classical style with modern psychology and personal memoir makes Cocteau a hallmark of postwar filmmakers, an essential auteur. The films of Jean Cocteau have influenced amateur and independent filmmakers since the French New Wave by keeping alive the spirit of youth and possibility. From the prewar play of ideas in Le Sang d’un Poète through films produced under the challenging conditions of the occupation, to the liberating experiments of the postwar period, Jean Cocteau sums up the human, or at least, French, condition.
Conference events will include:
Panels and round-table discussions.
Banquet honoring special guests.
Screenings of the following films:
La Belle et la Bête
La Sang d’un Poète
Les Parents Terribles
Les Enfants Terribles
Le Baron Fantôme
L’Aigle à Deux Têtes
Le Testament d’Orphée
8x8 / A Game of Chess
Films to be shown in 16mm and video with English subtitles.
Call for Papers, Suggested Topics:
Cocteau and Personal Vision
Disney vs. Cocteau: Studio vs. Independent
Influences: Dada, Surrealism, Classicism, etc...
Cocteau During WWI
Cocteau During WWII
Cocteau and Existentialism
Cocteau's Friends and Foes
Cocteau and Sexuality
Cocteau and Drugs
Collaborations: Inside and Outside of Filmmaking
Cocteau in Italy
Cocteau in America
Influences on the French New Wave
Influences on American Avant-Garde Cinema
Proposals for other presentations, lecture/demonstration, panels, round-tables and workshops are also welcomed.
A letter of intent, one-page abstract (in duplicate) and curriculum vitae should be sent by 1 March 2003 to the address below.
The deadline for completed papers (in duplicate) is 30 August 2003. Presentation time for papers, lectures, lecture/demonstrations and workshops is limited to 20 minutes (10-12 typed, double-spaced pages, excluding notes). As selected papers will be published in the conference proceedings, previously published material should not be submitted.
Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
Hofstra Cultural Center
200 Hofstra University
Hempstead, New York 11549-2000
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