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Les Enfants Terribles

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A tragedy about the power of the imagination and the strange, claustrophobic world of childhood.

At home, Paul shares a private world with his sister Elisabeth, a world from which parents are tacitly excluded. Their room is where the Game is played, the Game being their own bizarre version of life. All that they do outside is effectively controlled by the rules of the Game -- but unfortunately the rules of the Game prescribe that two children must die.

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JEAN COCTEAU (1889-1963) -- poet, novelist, dramatist, artist, musician, choreographer, film-maker, and actor -- was one of the most talented Frenchmen of the twentieth century and a leading figure in the Surrealist movement. In addition to his popular novel Les Enfants Terribles (1929), he is best remembered in the English-speaking world for the film of Orph-e (1950) and perhaps his play La Machine Infernale (1934).

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"The last feeling that his work leaves is one of happiness; not of course in the sense that it excludes suffering, but because, in it, nothing is rejected, resented or regretted."
—W.H. Auden
 
"Cocteau's tale of young beauties whose isolation leads them towards premature decay... a genuine tragedy."
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"The novel of Les Enfants Terribles has become a rite of passage in every French childhood."
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