The Human Voice  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

The Human Voice (La Voix humaine) a 1930 play, first staged at the Comédie-Française in 1930, written by Jean Cocteau. It is a monologue set in Paris, where a middle-aged woman is on a phone call with her lover of the last five years. He is to marry another woman the next day, which causes her to despair. The monologue traces the woman's mental breakdown.

In 1948, Roberto Rossellini directed the film version of the play, an anthology film L'Amore which had two segments, "Il Miracolo" and "Una Voce Umana", the latter based on Cocteau's play. In 1959, Francis Poulenc composed an opera adaptation of the play. On May 4, 1967, the final installment of the television series ABC Stage 67 was a production of the play, starring Ingrid Bergman, who also recorded a record album of the play. There was also a 1998 BBC Radio production by Robin Rimbaud.

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