The Blood of a Poet ★★★★½

I am regularly more astounded by even the mildest special effect in Jean Cocteau's work than the most outsized CG spectacle today. This Surrealist vision of an artist's creation process, from narcissism (hilariously rendered as the artist making love to the mouth he painted that came to life) to mythical inspiration, is funny, bewildering and never less than visually overwhelming. A few mixed messages here and there, but it's too enrapturing to matter.