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Total Eclipse

Total Eclipse original theatrical poster
Directed by Agnieszka Holland
Produced by Jean-Pierre Ramsay-Lev
Written by Christopher Hampton
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio
David Thewlis
Romane Bohringer
Music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
Cinematography Yorgos Arvanitis
Editing by Isabelle Lorente
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s) 1995
Running time 111 min.
Country UK / France / Belgium / Italy
Language English
IMDb profile

Total Eclipse is a 1995 movie directed by Agnieszka Holland that depicts a fictionalized account of the passionate and violent homosexual relationship between the two 19th century French poets, Paul Verlaine (David Thewlis) and Arthur Rimbaud (Leonardo DiCaprio), a time when both of them experienced a height of creativity. It is rated R in the USA for strong sexuality and nudity, language, and some startling violence. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (483x755, 50 KB) Film poster for Total Eclipse Source: http://www. ... Agnieszka Holland (born November 28, 1948 in Warsaw, Poland) is a film and TV director and screenplay writer. ... Christopher Hampton (born January 26, 1946 to British parents in Fayal, Azores) is a British playwright, screen writer and film director. ... Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (born November 11, 1974) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor well known for his roles in blockbuster movies like Titanic (1997), William Shakespeares Romeo + Juliet (1996), The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2006) and Blood Diamond (2006), and was, as a young man, famed for his... David Thewlis in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. ... Romane Bohringer (Born August 14, 1973 in Pont-Sainte-Maxence, Oise, France) is a French actor, film director, screenwriter and costume designer. ... Jan A. P. Kaczmarek Jan A.P. Kaczmarek (b. ... Giorgos (or Yorgos) Arvanitis (born February 22, 1941 in the village of Dilofo in Greece) is a Greek Director of Photography. ... New Line Cinema logo New Line Cinema, founded in 1967, is one of the major American film studios. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Agnieszka Holland (born November 28, 1948 in Warsaw, Poland) is a film and TV director and screenplay writer. ... Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... Paul Verlaine illustrated in the frontispiece of , 1902 Paul Marie Verlaine (March 30, 1844 – January 8, 1896) is considered one of the greatest and most popular of French poets. ... David Thewlis in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. ... Rimbaud redirects here. ... Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (born November 11, 1974) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor well known for his roles in blockbuster movies like Titanic (1997), William Shakespeares Romeo + Juliet (1996), The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2006) and Blood Diamond (2006), and was, as a young man, famed for his...

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Plot summary

The film starts out with Paul Verlaine meeting Rimbaud's sister in a French cafe. Rimbaud's sister and mother want Verlaine to hand over any copies he has of Rimbaud writings so that they can burn his lewd writings. The film is thus told in an extended flashback as Verlaine reflects on the wild and abusive relationship he had with Rimbaud. The sister then speaks of her brother's final years. Paul Verlaine illustrated in the frontispiece of , 1902 Paul Marie Verlaine (March 30, 1844 – January 8, 1896) is considered one of the greatest and most popular of French poets. ...


When Verlaine reads some poetry by the teenage Rimbaud, he is instantly taken with him and invites him to his upper middle class father-in-law's home. There, Rimbaud displays no sense of manners or decency whatsoever, but Verlaine remains attracted to Rimbaud's physical body and the possibility to work with such a talented poet, whose decadent writing allows him to escape nineteenth century middle class respectability. Verlaine agrees to financially support Rimbaud, and Rimbaud in turn agrees to be his lover and teacher. The two men spend the evenings hanging out at middle class poet gatherings, drinking, and then returning to a small apartment to write, smoke pot and make love. Decadence was the name given, first by hostile critics, and then triumphantly adopted by some writers themselves, to a number of late nineteenth century fin de siècle writers associated with Symbolism or the Aesthetic movement. ...


Rimbaud acts cruelly to Verlaine, as does Verlaine to his pregnant wife. The years of cruel practical jokes, partying, traveling across Europe, writing poetry, and Verlaine switching from Rimbaud's bed to his wife's bed and then back again eventually comes to an end. Finally unable to withstand the emotional abuse, Verlaine leaves Rimbaud in London and returns to middle class respectability and his wife. However, Verlaine still loves Rimbaud and a final meeting between the two men in Brussels ends in violence when an upset and drunken Verlaine shoots Rimbaud in the hand and is sentenced to prison for the attempted murder. Nickname: The Capital Of Europe, Comic City City of a 100 Museums Map showing the location of Brussels in Belgium Coordinates: Country Belgium Region Brussels-Capital Region Founded 979 Founded (Region) June 18, 1989 Mayor (Municipality) Freddy Thielemans Area    - City 162 (Region) km²  (62. ... Murder is both a legal and a moral term, that are not always coincident. ...


In prison Verlaine converts to Christianity and upon release meets Rimbaud in the Black Forest and seeks to rekindle the romance, but is unable to persuade Rimbaud that they can live happily ever after together in America. The two men depart, never to see each other again. However, the film does not end there. World map showing the Americas CIA map of the Americas The Americas are the lands of the Western hemisphere or New World consisting of the continents of North America and South America with their associated islands and regions. ...


While Verlaine was in prison, Rimbaud goes off on his own to travel the world, including being the first white man to visit Abyssinia (modern day Ethiopia) to run a trading post (that the film neglects to mention involved selling guns and possibly human slaves) where he writes (there is some dispute if he was still writing at the time) and has sex with an African woman until a tumor in his leg forces him to be taken back to France where his leg has to be amputated. However, the cancer spreads and thus he spends his days on his sister's and mother's farm. He dies on November 10, 1891 in Marseille at the age of 37. This article needs cleanup. ... Tumor or tumour literally means swelling, and is sometimes still used with that meaning. ... November 10 is the 314th day of the year (315th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 51 days remaining. ... Year 1891 (MDCCCXCI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar). ... City flag Coat of arms Motto: By her great deeds, Marseille shines in the world Location Coordinates Time Zone CET (GMT +1) Administration Country France Region Provence-Alpes-Côte dAzur Department Bouches-du-Rhône (13) Subdivisions 16 arrondissements (in 8 secteurs) Intercommunality Urban Community of Marseille Provence...


After the flashbacks are finished, the film returns to the cafe (the film ignores what Verlaine had been doing with his life from 1873 - 1896) Rimbaud's sister asserts that her brother accepted Jesus as his "personal saviour" right before he died and thus would want his sister and mother to publish a censored version of his writings and divorce his legacy from the decadent movement. Yet, Verlaine (who is dying of a tumor) feels that Rimbaud would have wanted all his writings published and secretly decides to do so in order to inspire future generations, and out of devotion to his one true love: Rimbaud. While drinking absinthe Verlaine has a hallucination that Rimbaud has returned from the dead to express his love and respect for him. This article is about Jesus of Nazareth. ... In ancient Rome, censorship was the office or function of a censor. ... Decadence was the name given, first by hostile critics, and then triumphantly adopted by some writers themselves, to a number of late nineteenth century fin de siècle writers associated with Symbolism or the Aesthetic movement. ... A reservoir glass filled with a naturally colored verte next to an absinthe spoon. ...


Criticism

Director Holland has built a reputation of making films that are really good or bad. In this case, most critics felt that the latter was the case. The most common criticism was that the film never explained the importance of these two great poets' works, especially their role in the development of the decadence or symbolism movement. The film did little for character development aside from showing the two famous French poets acting as if they were modern American college students on spring break. Decadence generally refers to the alleged decline of a society because of moral weakness. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... Spring break, also March break in Canada, is a week-long recess from studying in early spring at universities and K-12 schools in the United States, Canada, Japan, Korea, China and other countries. ...


Critics also felt that the film created a limited sense of what life was like in late nineteenth century Europe. It ignores important parts of the two poets' history, before and after they met, and thus makes it even harder to understand why a film about their lives was made. Thus, it might be very difficult for someone who is not familiar with late nineteenth century French history to understand or appreciate what is happening in the film.


Critics did generally feel that the acting, musical score and cinematography were all well done, although some felt that DiCaprio played the character too closely to his role in the film The Basketball Diaries. Gay film critics noted that the film allowed the two poets to come out of the closet, and made a point to deal with the gay and straight love scenes with equal fairness and validity. The Basketball Diaries is a 1995 film based on the book of the same name by Jim Carroll. ... For other articles with similar names, see Gay (disambiguation). ... Come Out was composed by Steve Reiche in 1966. ...


Trivia

  • River Phoenix was originally cast to play Arthur Rimbaud, but Phoenix died before production began.

River Jude Phoenix (August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993) was an Academy Award-nominated American film actor. ...

Cast

Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (born November 11, 1974) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor well known for his roles in blockbuster movies like Titanic (1997), William Shakespeares Romeo + Juliet (1996), The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2006) and Blood Diamond (2006), and was, as a young man, famed for his... David Thewlis in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. ... Romane Bohringer (Born August 14, 1973 in Pont-Sainte-Maxence, Oise, France) is a French actor, film director, screenwriter and costume designer. ... Dominique Blanc (born April 25, 1959) is a French actress. ... Andrzej Seweryn (born April 25, 1946 in Heilbronn, Germany) is a Polish actor. ... Total Eclipse is a 1995 movie directed by Agnieszka Holland that depicts a fictionalized account of the intense but also abusive homosexual relationship between the two 19th century French poets, Paul Verlaine (David Thewlis) and Arthur Rimbaud (Leonardo DiCaprio), a time when both of them experienced a height of creativity. ... Christopher Hampton (born January 26, 1946 to British parents in Fayal, Azores) is a British playwright, screen writer and film director. ...

DVD

In 1999, a DVD edition of the film was released. It does not have any of the special features that people have come to expect from a DVD such as deleted scenes, cast or director audio commentaries. However, it did feature both a widescreen and fullscreen version of the movie on the same disc. 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... DVD (commonly Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ...


External links

Arthur Rimbaud

Works: The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about actors, films, television shows, television stars, video games and production crew personnel. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Rimbaud redirects here. ...

Poésies, Le bateau ivre, Les illuminations, Une Saison en Enfer, Lettres

People: ... Le bateau ivre (The Drunken Boat) is a verse-poem written by Arthur Rimbaud in 1871, which is considered to be revolutionary in its use of imagery and symbolism, recalling the stream of visions seen in a psychedelic experience. ... Arthur Rimbauds 1874 Illuminations include some autobiographical allusions to his voyant (visionary) period, which began in 1869; but Illuminations is neither a confession nor an apology. ... French poet Arthur Rimbauds Une Saison en Enfer (A Season in Hell) dates itself April through August 1873, but these are dates of completion. ...

Théodore de Banville, Charles Baudelaire, Charles Cros, Georges Izambard, Germain Nouveau, Paul Verlaine

Related articles: Theodore Faullain de Banville (March 14, 1823 – March 15, 1891) was a French poet and writer. ... Charles Baudelaire, photograph taken by Nadar. ... Charles Cros (October 1, 1842 - August 9, 1888) was a French poet and inventor. ... George Alphonse Fleury Izambard (December 11, 1848 – February, 1931) was a French professor, known especially as the teacher of poet Arthur Rimbaud. ... Germain Nouveau (1851-1920) was a French poet, associated with the symbolist movement. ... Paul Verlaine illustrated in the frontispiece of , 1902 Paul Marie Verlaine (March 30, 1844 – January 8, 1896) is considered one of the greatest and most popular of French poets. ...


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Total Eclipse (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (889 words)
Total Eclipse is a 1995 movie directed by Agnieszka Holland that depicts a fictionalized account of the intense but also abusive homosexual relationship between the two 19th century French poets, Paul Verlaine (David Thewlis) and Arthur Rimbaud (Leonardo DiCaprio), a time when both of them experienced a height of creativity.
The film is thus told in an extended flashback as Verlaine reflects on the wild and abusive relationship he had with Rimbaud.
The most common criticism was that the film never explained the importance of these two great poets' works, especially their role in the development of the decadence or symbolism movement.
Total Eclipse (1372 words)
Total Eclipse portrays the relationship of the 19th century French poet Arthur Rimbaud to his mentor and homosexual lover, Paul Verlaine.
Total Eclipse (1995) is a joint UK, France, Belgium effort, and tells the story of two French poets.
Films rated below five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one and a half stars from the critics or a D on our scale.
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