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Category: Film Poetry

Dylan. Dance. Prophetic Trance.

When Birds Were Fish

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One could write poetically concerning When Birds Were Fish.

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Or When Birds Were Suns. When Birds Were Moons.

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Soaring and skimming from here to there, across times, flying into the rivers of the underworld.

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Emerging silently into the forbidding underworld of Jean Cocteau’s 1949 film Orphee, situated within the relic of postwar France: A modern world as silently old order as mythology itself.

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 Orphee, played by Jean Marais, interrogated by an underworld tribunal.

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Stating his occupation as poet.

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To write without being a writer. 

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The Princess of Death, played by Maria Casares, asking him for a pen (to sign her confession).

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Her confession of love. He has no pen.

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She laughs. She forgot he is not a writer.

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The scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_o9l3OqPMk

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Film images courtesy The Criterion Collection.

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