Total Eclipse

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Released 1995

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Director:
Agnieszka Holland
Released:
1995
Rating:
R
A sensationalized retelling of the Rimbaud-Verlaine story, by the great French poet Arthur Rimbaud, during a brief burst of activity in the early 1870s when he was just a teenager. It is amazing Rimbaud found time to write anything at all since he was carrying on a torrid, Absinthe-soaked homosexual love affair with his mentor, the older not quite so great poet Paul Verlaine. This story chronicles the trials and tribulations of their self-destructive relationship and the great work that came out of it.

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  • 75

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Total Eclipse is a biographical film steeped in ecstasy and despair, seething with madness and torment.

  • 75

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Despite its flaws, Total Eclipse is the kind of movie that stirs thoughts and ruminations about the nature of genius, the true meaning of art, and the unfailing capacity of great p...

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The poems can be read. The film must stand on its own, apart from the poems, and I'm afraid it doesn't. One admires the energy and inventiveness that Holland, Thewlis and DiCaprio ...

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Drama

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Biography, Foreign Language, Gay & Lesbian