Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) is a French writer, playwright, filmmaker and painter. He was born in Maisons-Laffitte into a wealthy family. As an adult, he worked with famous literary and artistic figures like Proust and Stravinsky. All-round genius, he mixes with the avant-garde: Dadaists, Futurists and Cubists. He is notably the author and director of Le Sang d’un poete (1930) and La Machine infernale (1934). He was admitted to the French Academy in 1955, and died in 1963.