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This historical drama, directed by Agnieszka Holland, focuses on the rocky relationship between the renowned 19th century French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine. Rimbaud Leonardo DiCaprio is a teenage wunderkind known for his rebelliousness against conventional society and his surrealistic writing. He disrupts the life of Verlaine David Thewlis, a more conventional writer who is older and married to a dutiful young wife, Mathilde Romane Bohringer. The drunken Verlaine is unkind to Mathilde, even though her...
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This historical drama, directed by Agnieszka Holland, focuses on the rocky relationship between the renowned 19th century French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine. Rimbaud Leonardo DiCaprio is a teenage wunderkind known for his rebelliousness against conventional society and his surrealistic writing. He disrupts the life of Verlaine David Thewlis, a more conventional writer who is older and married to a dutiful young wife, Mathilde Romane Bohringer. The drunken Verlaine is unkind to Mathilde, even though her father is providing him with a house and an income to live on while he pursues his writing. Rimbaud overwhelms Verlaine, mocking his conventionality, constantly disrupting his domestic life, and somehow attracting the maniacal love of the older man. ~ Michael Betzold
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/1997
  • UPC: 794043440533
  • Original Release: 1995
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  • Source: NEW LINE HOME VIDEO
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leonardo DiCaprio Arthur Rimbaud
David Thewlis Paul Verlaine
Romane Bohringer Mathilde Maute
Dominique Blanc Isabelle Rimbaud
Denise Chalem Mrs. Maute De Fleurville
Christopher Chaplin Charles Cros
Christopher Hampton The Judge
Nita Klein Rimbaud's Mother
Andrzej Seweryn Mr. Maute De Fleurville
James Thierree Frederic
Christopher Thompson Carjat
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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Total Eclipse -- It is not your run-of-the-mill-movie

    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. <BR/><BR/>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.<BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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.<BR/><BR/>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.

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