Total Eclipse

Total Eclipse

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Director: Agnieszka Holland, Leonardo DiCaprio, David Thewlis, Romane Bohringer

Cast: Agnieszka Holland, Leonardo DiCaprio, David Thewlis, Romane Bohringer

     
 

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Agnieszka Holland directs Leonardo DiCaprio and David Thewlis in the Rimbaud biopic Total Eclipse, which comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame image. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both

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Agnieszka Holland directs Leonardo DiCaprio and David Thewlis in the Rimbaud biopic Total Eclipse, which comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame image. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer, and filmographies for the cast and crew. This is a solid release from New Line Home Entertainment.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Filmed during that strange post-What's Eating Gilbert Grape, pre-Titanic phase when Leonardo DiCaprio was busy turning out admirable performances in movies nobody wanted to see, Total Eclipse proves a rare misfire from the normally consistent Agnieszka Holland. Although it boasts a script by Oscar-winning dramaturge Christopher Hampton and committed performances from noted thespians David Thewlis and Romane Bohringer, Total Eclipse quickly devolves into "the Leo show." For an interminable 110 minutes, DiCaprio showily engages in all manner of outré behavior: climbing trees, braying at animals, screaming at lovers, talking in funny voices, showing off his bony shoulders, submitting to rough bouts of sodomy, declaiming pretentious verse, and otherwise acting like, well, a capital-A Actor. It's anyone's guess whether the extreme tedium that ensues says more about DiCaprio the journeyman performer or Rimbaud, the drama-queen poet he's portraying. Either way, Total Eclipse fails miserably in its quest to present poetry as the rock & roll of the 19th century.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/14/1999
UPC:
0794043485022
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:52:00

Special Features

Closed captions; Cast and crew; Filmography; Movie trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leonardo DiCaprio Arthur Rimbaud
David Thewlis Paul Verlaine
Romane Bohringer Mathilde Maute
Dominique Blanc Isabelle Rimbaud
Nita Klein Rimbaud's Mother
James Thierree Frederic
Denise Chalem Mrs. Maute De Fleurville
Andrzej Seweryn Mr. Maute De Fleurville
Christopher Thompson Carjat
Christopher Chaplin Charles Cros
Christopher Hampton The Judge

Technical Credits
Agnieszka Holland Director
Staffan Ahrenberg Executive Producer
Jean-Louis Angelini Camera Operator
Georges Arvanitis Cinematographer
Jean-Yves Asselin Executive Producer
Joelle Balland Stunts
Michel Boulen Sound/Sound Designer
Nathalie Buck Art Director
Margot Capelier Casting
Christophe Cheysson Asst. Director
Serge De Closets Asst. Director
Guy De Lombaert Production Manager
Pascale Faubert Producer
Bernard Floch Makeup
Anthony Gaillard Makeup Special Effects
Pierre-Yves Gayraud Costumes/Costume Designer
Francois Groult Sound/Sound Designer
Christopher Hampton Screenwriter
Philip Hinchcliffe Co-producer
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek Score Composer
Isabelle Lorente Editor
Sylvie Lorthiois Makeup
Fabrice Nordmann Asst. Director
Laurent Quaglio Musical Direction/Supervision,Sound/Sound Designer
Jean-Pierre Ramsay-Levi Producer
Christian Renaud Special Effects
Philippe Teissier Special Effects
Pierre-Olivier Thevenin Makeup Special Effects
Guy Vanderplaetsen Special Effects
Cat Villiers Co-producer
Dan Weil Production Designer
Julien Zidi Asst. Director

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Total Eclipse 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Kidsev More than 1 year ago
For the most part, I quite enjoyed the movie. It is, however, not one I would recommend for young children. There are scenes that are, or could be, somewhat disturbing because of the abuse shown, or implied. In addition, there is some nudity and a somewhat strong homosexual theme. What I found more bothersome than either the nudity or homosexuality was the cruelty that was woven through the story, both mental and physical. I would have liked some warning to expect that cruelty.

Parts of the story were confusing, but even so, the actors - especially David Thewlis and Leonardo DiCaprio were exceptional. They both showed such a range of emotions that their characters were quite compelling and believable.

If you like period pieces, and don't mind nudity, homosexual themes, 'harsh' treatment of others, or if you can look past those aspects of a movie (if they bother you), then you might agree that this is an interesting movie.

After the acting of David Thewlis and Leonardo DiCaprio, I think my favorite parts of the movie are the sets. Some of them are fascinating, some are breath-taking, and some are almost depressing. To me, it is interesting the emotions that some of the sets alone can create.

I did get caught up in it and have watched it a few times. Each time I've watched it, I've noticed something I missed before. I expect the next time I watch it, I'll notice something else that I've missed.