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Thursday, 19 December 2013

Day 827 - Jean(e) Cocteau and the Blue Rose


JEAN COCTEAU'S BLUE ROSE IN THE CHURCH of NOTRE DAME de FRANCE, LONDON

OH MY GIDDY GERT GOD.... THIS STORY IS HUGE!!!

There is SO much I need to write about today, but I just don't have any time. I shall try to find time tomorrow.

9 comments:

  1. Not sure where we're going, but it's an intriguing ride.

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  2. ok love your blogs xx

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  3. I was mesmerized while reading about this mural and Cocteau last night and greatly enjoyed reading Astraea's beautifully written comment this morning under yesterday's blog entry. I found my research so fascinating that I just wanted to elaborate on a couple of points that Astraea mentioned. As Astraea said, there are Masonic symbols in this mural as well as other works of Cocteau. The rose on the cross represents the 'rose cross', a symbol of the Rosicrucians, a type of freemasonry that Cocteau was associated with (interestingly, Oscar Wilde also had Rosicrucian connections).

    Astraea also mentioned Cocteau's bisexuality and conflicts of duality that he dealt with. A recurring symbol of duality in Cocteau's works is that of the hermaphrodite, which encompasses both male and female. You may recall that the passage from Les Chants de Maldoror, which may have inspired November Spawned a Monster, is about a hermaphrodite. That is the work that inspired this circuitous path that brought us to Genet and Cocteau. I find it fascinating to discover how all these things connect and I thank Fifi and Astraea and Thoth for sharing their knowledge with us.

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    1. I should probably clarify that Les Chants de Maldoror is by Lautreamont, not Cocteau.

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    2. thanks for the info Heather!

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  4. Just fascinating! Very true about OW having Rosicrucian connects... very fascinating!

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  5. Life is not a destinations. It's a surrealist art piece:
    http://morrisseysworld.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/life-is-not-destination.html

    comrade harps

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  6. Merry Christmyth mister rat. Woah your blog's gone a bit intellectual. It's your birthday soon isn't it? To everybody's favourite rodent, happy 312th rat. Thanks for the laffs.
    Mirez X

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  7. After Introducing the band in Buenos Aires (2004)...Moz finally said... "and My name is Jean Cocteau" Surely you've already knew this, but good to mention in case you didn't
    Feeds: http://www.passionsjustlikemine.com/live/moz-g041106.htm ... and my own ears ;)

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