June 1919: Jean Cocteau meets Raymond Radiguet

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1919 – A young boy rolls up at the home of painter, poet, playwright and novelist Jean Cocteau.
“A Child carrying a cane”, the valet says.
This shy and dandified teenager is Raymond Radiguet, a gifted writer attempting to publish his first poem anthology.

Jean Cocteau quickly becomes fascinated by Radiguet, whom he consider a prodigy: he will be his mentor from now on.

1920 – They found the magazine Le Coq, featuring the writings of Cocteau, Radiguet and composer Erik Satie.
Together, they write the score of Satie’s comic opera Paul et Virginie.

1923 – Radiguet’s novel Le Diable au Corps (The Devil in the Flesh), is published. Relating the affair between a teenager and a married woman, the novels draws largely from Radiguet’s own life.

He writes his second novel Le Bal du Comte d’Orgel, the story of an impossible love between a countess and a young boy.
The manuscript is written under the supervision of Cocteau, who is penning his first novel, Le Grand Ecart (The Miscreants).

In December Radiguet dies from typhoid fever. Le Bal du Comte d’Orgel is published the following year.

movie_icon&16Le Diable au Corps has been adapted for the big screen in 1947 by Claude Autant-Lara.

movie_icon&16Screenwriter Anaïs Carpita has been awarded the french screenwriting prize Sopadin in 2010 for her Cocteau/Radiguet biopic L’Oiseau Sans Patte (Bird Without Feet).

Anaïs Carpita on Les Indélébiles & her writer’s workshop La Mafia Princesse

Discover the home where Cocteau lived from 1947 to 1963 on Scenario-Buzz, by french writer Nathalie Lenoir.

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Posted: August 15, 2014

Author: Fabien Hurelle

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