Les Parents Terribles

Jean Cocteau’s film work wasn’t limited to fairy tales and art-house fantasies; this adaptation of his hit play shows us fine theater at its best. A family is a tangle of not-quite-normal relationships that reach an impasse when the emotionally spoiled son seeks to marry — a woman his father already knows.

Les parents terribles


Cohen Film Collection

1948 / B&W / 1:37 flat full frame / 100 min. / The Storm Within / Street Date October 30, 2018 / 30.99

Starring: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Yvonne de Bray, Marcel André, Gabrielle Dorziat.

Cinematography: Michel Kelber

Film Editor: Jacqueline Sadoul

Original Music: Georges Auric

Written by Jean Cocteau from his play

Produced by Francis Cosne, Alexandre Mnouchkine

Directed by Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau’s 1929 novel Les enfants terribles was made into a 1950 movie in collaboration with Jean-Pierre Melville. Cocteau’s later play Les parents terribles has only a vague connection beyond the title — both toy with family relationships that lean toward incest.
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