Jean Cocteau was not only a director but also an artist, poet, playwright and novelist. He was widely regarded as one of the most pioneering and important avant-garde directors cinema has produced. Though often described as a poet first and foremost, Cocteau's films were also infused with the phantasmorgorical surrealist imagery and rich symbolism characteristic of all his work. In an artist's studio, an unfinished statue comes to life. The lips of its androgynous face move, pressing a kiss to the artist's hand. At the statue's demand, he plunges it into a mirror.