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Jean Cocteau

1889 - 1963

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Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau (UK: , US: , French: [ʒɑ̃ moʁis øʒɛn klemɑ̃ kɔkto]; 5 July 1889 – 11 October 1963) was a French poet, playwright, novelist, designer, filmmaker, visual artist and critic. He was one of the foremost creatives of the surrealist, avant-garde, and Dadaist movements; and one of the most influential figures in early 20th-century art as a whole. The National Observer suggested that, "of the artistic generation whose daring gave birth to Twentieth Century Art, Cocteau came closest to being a Renaissance man."He is best known for his novels Le Grand Écart (1923), Le Livre blanc (1928), and Les Enfants Terribles (1929); the stage plays La Voix Humaine (1930), La Machine Infernale (1934), Les Parents terribles (1938), La Machine à écrire (1941), and L'Aigle à deux têtes (1946); and the films The Blood of a Poet (1930), Les Parents Terribles (1948), Beauty and the Beast (1946), Orpheus (1950), and Testament of Orpheus (1960), which alongside Blood of a Poet and Orpheus constitute the so-called Orphic Trilogy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean Cocteau has received more than 2,197,093 page views. His biography is available in 83 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 82 in 2019). Jean Cocteau is the 124th most popular writer (down from 118th in 2019), the 138th most popular biography from France (down from 127th in 2019) and the 30th most popular French Writer.

Jean Cocteau is most famous for his work in the film industry, specifically his work on the film "Beauty and the Beast."

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Among writers, Jean Cocteau ranks 124 out of 5,755Before him are E. T. A. Hoffmann, Yukio Mishima, Henry David Thoreau, Paul Verlaine, Alexandre Dumas fils, and Matsuo Bashō. After him are Apuleius, H. P. Lovecraft, Robert Louis Stevenson, Haruki Murakami, Walter Scott, and Guy de Maupassant.

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Among people born in 1889, Jean Cocteau ranks 7Before him are Adolf Hitler, Charlie Chaplin, Martin Heidegger, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Jawaharlal Nehru, and António de Oliveira Salazar. After him are Edwin Hubble, Anna Akhmatova, Arnold J. Toynbee, Ante Pavelić, Vaslav Nijinsky, and Idris of Libya. Among people deceased in 1963, Jean Cocteau ranks 5Before him are John F. Kennedy, Édith Piaf, Pope John XXIII, and Robert Frost. After him are Georges Braque, Aldous Huxley, Lee Harvey Oswald, Robert Schuman, Tristan Tzara, Ngo Dinh Diem, and C. S. Lewis.

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In France

Among people born in France, Jean Cocteau ranks 138 out of 6,011Before him are Godfrey of Bouillon (1060), Sully Prudhomme (1839), Paul Verlaine (1844), Louis XII of France (1462), Alexandre Dumas fils (1824), and Charles VIII of France (1470). After him are Jean le Rond d'Alembert (1717), Joseph Fourier (1768), Louis XI of France (1423), Georges Braque (1882), Pierre Bourdieu (1930), and Joachim Murat (1767).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Jean Cocteau ranks 30Before him are Anatole France (1844), François Rabelais (1494), François Villon (1431), Sully Prudhomme (1839), Paul Verlaine (1844), and Alexandre Dumas fils (1824). After him are Guy de Maupassant (1850), Charles Baudelaire (1821), André Breton (1896), Jean Racine (1639), Petronius (27), and François-René de Chateaubriand (1768).