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Jean Cocteau (1889–1963)

Jean Cocteau was one of the most multi-talented artists of the 20th century. In addition to being a director, he was a poet, novelist, painter, playwright, set designer, and actor. He began writing at 10 and was a published poet by age 16. He collaborated with the "Russian Ballet" company of Sergei Diaghilev, and was active in many art movements, ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »


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  The Human Voice (Short) (libretto) (completed)
 2021 LA VOCE DI LAURA - from HUMAN VOICE by Jean Cocteau (TV Series short) (written by)
 2020 The Human Voice (Short) (play "La voix humaine")
 2018 La voix humaine (Short) (text by)
 2018 The Human Voice (Short) (play)
 2016 The Bird Sings With It's Fingers (Short) (based on a play by)
 2015 Le chateau de Barbe-Bleu/La voix humaine (TV Movie) (libretto - segment "La voix humaine")
 2014 Human Voice (Short) (play)
 2013 Opium (texts)
 2012 Blues (play "La voix humaine")
 2010 Ea3 (based on a play by)
 2003/I Hot House (TV Movie) (play)
 2003/II Les parents terribles (TV Movie) (play)
 2002 Beautiful (Short) (play)
 2001 Kerstmatinee 2001 (TV Special) (libretto)
 1999 La voix humaine (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1999 The Walled Garden (Short) (short story)
 1996 Mia foni... mia poli (Short) (story)
 1994 Le train bleu (Short)
 1993 Bakchus (TV Movie) (play)
 1993 Edwige Feuillère en scène (TV Movie) (text)
 1993 Le bel indifférent (Short) (play)
 1993 Drug-Taking and the Arts (Documentary) (journal Opium)
 1993 Great Performances (TV Series) (libretto - 1 episode)
- Oedipus Rex (1993) ... (libretto)
 1991 Merlín (play "Les chevaliers de la table ronde")
 1990 Carole Farley in 'the Telephone' and 'La Voix Humaine' (TV Movie) (libretto - segment "La Voix Humaine")
 1990 La voix humaine (libretto)
 1989 Die geliebte Stimme (TV Movie)
 1988 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (play "La Voix humaine" - uncredited)
 1986 Saturday Review (TV Series documentary) (play - 1 episode)
- John Berger/Simon Callow (1986) ... (play)
 1986 La voz humana (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- La voz humana (1986) ... (play)
 1985 The Human Voice (TV Movie)
 1984 Oedipus Rex (TV Movie) (libretto)
  Emmenez-moi au théâtre (TV Series) (play - 1 episode, 1983) (adaptation - 1 episode, 1982)
- Orpheus (1983) ... (play)
- Cher menteur (1982) ... (adaptation)
 1982 Lidský hlas (TV Movie) (play "La Voix humaine")
 1981 Rettenetes szülõk (TV Movie)
 1980 Les parents terribles (TV Movie) (play)
  Estudio 1 (TV Series) (2 episodes, 1969) (play - 1 episode, 1980)
- Los padres terribles (1980) ... (play)
 1980 The Mystery of Oberwald (play "L'Aigle a Deux Têtes")
 1979 La dame de Monte Carlo (Short) (writer)
 1978 La voce umana (TV Movie) (play)
 1978 Le bel indifférent (TV Movie) (play)
 1977 Teatro estudio (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1976 The Human Voice (TV Movie) (play)
 1976 The Unanswered Question: Six Talks at Harvard (TV Mini Series) ('Oedipus Rex' libretto - 1 episode)
- The Poetry of Earth (1976) ... ('Oedipus Rex' libretto)
 1976 Az emberi hang (TV Movie)
 1975 L'aigle à deux têtes (TV Movie) (play)
 1975 Le bel indifférent (TV Movie) (play)
 1974 Kaunis välinpitämätön (TV Movie) (play Le Bel Indifférent)
 1973 Alta comedia (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Los anónimos (1973)
 1972 Oedipus Rex (TV Special) (libretto)
 1971 La Voix humaine (TV Movie) (book of musical play by)
 1971 I mostri sacri (TV Movie) (play)
 1969 Oedipus Rex (TV Special) (libretto)
 1969 Renaud et Armide (TV Movie)
 1967 Der schöne Gleichgültige (TV Movie) (play)
 1967 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- The Human Voice (1967) ... (play)
 1967 De onverschillige (TV Movie) (play "Le bel Indifférent")
 1966 The Human Voice (TV Movie) (play)
 1966 De tweekoppige adelaar (TV Movie)
 1966 La machine à écrire (TV Movie) (play)
 1965 A Voz Humana (TV Movie) (play)
 1965 Thomas the Impostor (adaptation) / (dialogue) / (from the novel by)
 1964 Mahdottomat vanhemmat (TV Movie) (play "Les parents terribles")
 1964 Estudio 3 (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1963 Festival (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Human Voice (1963)
 1963 Prestige de la musique (TV Series) (letter - 1 episode)
- Beethoven: 9ème symphonie (I) (1963) ... (letter)
 1963 La machine infernale (TV Movie) (play)
 1963 Stemmen (TV Movie) (after his works)
 1962 Jean Cocteau Addresses the Year 2000 (Documentary short)
 1962 Thirty Minute Theatre (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Typewriter (1962)
 1962 Der arme Matrose (TV Short)
  ITV Play of the Week (TV Series) (play "La machine à écrire" - 1 episode, 1962) (play - 1 episode, 1957)
- The Typewriter (1962) ... (play "La machine à écrire")
- The Two-Headed Eagle (1957) ... (play)
  École des vedettes (TV Series) (letter - 1 episode, 1962) (play "L'aigle à deux têtes" - 1 episode, 1956)
- Episode dated 29 May 1962 (1962) ... (letter)
- Episode dated 29 November 1956 (1956) ... (play "L'aigle à deux têtes")
 1961 La farce du château (TV Movie) (text)
 1961 Q for Quest (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Human Voice (1961)
 1961 Princess of Cleves (adaptation)
 1961 Play of the Week (TV Series) (monologue: The Indifferent Lover - 1 episode)
- No Exit/The Indifferent Lover (1961) ... (monologue: The Indifferent Lover)
 1960 Les parents terribles (TV Movie) (play)
 1960 Die geliebte Stimme (TV Movie) (play)
 1960 Pisaca masina (TV Movie) (play "La machine infernale")
 1959 Shoestring Theatre (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- The Telephone Call (1959) ... (play)
 1959 Grande Teatro Tupi (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Erros dos Pais (1959)
 1958 Anna la bonne (Short) (poem)
 1957-1958 Television Theater (TV Series) (play - 2 episodes)
- Orfeusz (1958) ... (play)
- Szkola wdów (1957) ... (play)
 1958 Le bel indifférent (Short) (play - as Jean Cocteau de l'Académie Française)
 1958 Cherchez la Femme (TV Movie)
 1957 Django Reinhardt (Short) (literary text)
 1957 Les monstres sacrés (TV Movie) (play)
 1957 Bacchus (TV Movie)
 1956 Der schöne Gleichgültige (TV Movie) (play)
 1955 A l'aube d'un monde (Documentary short) (commentary writer)
 1955 Pantomimes (Short) (commentary)
 1953 Bonjour Paris (preface)
 1953 TV de Vanguarda (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- A Máquina de Escrever (1953) ... (play)
 1953 Disobedient (play "Les Parents Terribles")
 1952 The Divine Creatures (TV Movie) (play)
 1952 La villa Santo Sospir (Documentary short)
 1951 Black Crown (story)
 1950 Les Enfants Terribles (adaptation and dialogue) / (novel)
 1950 Days of Our Years (Documentary) (sketch)
 1950 Orpheus
 1949 The Emperor's Nightingale (french adaptation)
 1948 La Norvège sans les Vikings (Documentary short) (commentary writer)
 1948 Les Parents Terribles (play) / (screenplay)
 1948 The Eagle with Two Heads (writer)
 1948 L'amore (play "La voix humaine" - segment "Una voce umana")
 1948 Ruy Blas (screenplay and dialogue)
 1947 The Infernal Machine (TV Movie) (play "La machine infernale")
 1946 L'amitié noire (Documentary short) (commentary writer)
 1946 Beauty and the Beast (dialogue) / (screenplay) / (story)
 1945 Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (dialogue: additional)
 1943 Love Eternal (dialogue) / (scenario)
 1943 The Phantom Baron (dialogue)
 1940 Comedy of Happiness (adaptation) / (dialogue)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He wrote the scenario for the opera, "Orphee," in a world premiere American Repertory Theatre in association with the Brooklyn Academy of Music production at the Loeb Stage in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Philip Glass was composer and adapter. Francesca Zambella was director. Martin Goldray was music director and conductor. Robert... See more »

Publicity Listings:

5 Biographical Movies | 6 Print Biographies | 7 Portrayals | 1 Interview | 9 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Jean Cocteau de l'Académie Française | Monsieur Jean Cocteau de l'Académie Mallarmé


5' 7" (1.7 m)

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on being accused by fellow-Frenchmen of fraternizing with Nazi officials during the WWII occupation] Why should the destiny of a poet change? My realm is not of this world. and the world resents me for not following the rules. I will always suffer the same injustice. See more »


Longtime companion of Jean Marais. See more »


Rich, poetic films filled with symbolism See more »

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