Jean Cocteau?s dreamlike debut is a surreal poem and should be watched accordingly. Cocteau is one of the great pioneers of cinema although I don?t think he ever intended to be nor believed he ever was. In Blood of a Poet, he really brings to life what had only before been communicated in word, and so realised cinema?s full potential and invented many camera techniques still used today. Although I prefer L' Âge d'Or as a surrealist piece and Chelovek s kino-apparatom is more entertaining and will always be regarded as the more inventive film of that time, it just isn?t. Only a year separates all three films, Blood of a Poet is my least favourite but is easily, technically, the greater film, a true masterpiece and a very important film.