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Total Eclipse

A Feature film by Agnieszka Holland

Produced by Fit Production

Release in France : 05/03/1997

    Synopsis

    September 1871. The Paris Commune ended three months earlier in a blood-bath. The Prussian army occupies part of France. Thiers is President. On the platform of a small station in the Ardennes, a young man aged seventeen waits for the Paris train. His sole calling card is a poem, "Le bateau ivre". His name : Arthur Rimbaud. On the platform at Paris's Gare de l'Est, a young man waits for him. He looks like an office clerk. In fact, that's what he is. But, in addition, he is one of the most brilliant representatives of a new literary movement : the Parnassians. He is the author of "Les Fêtes galantes", Paul Verlaine. He is twenty-seven. Verlaine has invited Rimbaud to stay with him. Unfortunately, his home is that of other people, his parents-in-law, the very bourgeois Mauté de Fleurvilles, their daughter Mathilde, his wife, the same age as rimbaud and eight months pregnant. Rimbaud soon behaves badly. He rejects this bourgeois world and its inhabitants. They react towards him in a similar manner. Rimbaud is thrown out. Verlaine finds him a new place to live. He introduces him to the "Circle of unpleasant men", a group of bohemian artists. There too, rimbaud's eccentric behaviour and curses cause a scandal. Only Verlaine continues to follow this "stroller with soles of wind", this "thief of fire" who wants to "change life".

    Actors (6)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Fit Production

    Foreign production companies :

    K2 Productions, Portman Productions

    French distribution :

    Les Films Number One

    Co-production :

    Société Française de Production (SFP)

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Capitol Films

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    Subject

    "Why does a producer decide to tell the story of two "leading lights of the French literary pantheon" ? "

    Jean-Pierre Ramsay Levi : "When you look at the catalogue of world cinema and that of Hollywood in particular, you are stunned by the number of adaptations of French literary classics : Dumas, Maupassant, Hugo, Balzac, Zola, etc. (...) I recently read that Bille August is about to shoot an umpteenth version of "Les Misérables" in the Czech Republic with Liam Neeson as Jean Valjean and Robert de Niro as Inspector Javert. Along the same lines, Disney has just released "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame" without a single reference to Hugo. No one takes offence at these adaptations. Why should we, in France, be the only ones to ignore our authors who belong to the world heritage ? (...)" (Taken from the press kit)

    Full credits (11)

    Executive Producer :

    Jean-Pierre Ramsay Levi

    Screenwriter :

    Christopher Hampton

    Sound recordists :

    Michel Boulen, Laurent Quaglio, François Groult

    Editor :

    Isabel Lorente

    Music Composer :

    A.P. Kazmarek

    Still Photographer :

    Étienne George

    Adapter/dialogue writer :

    Christopher Hampton

    Director of Photography :

    Yorgos Arvanitis

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Claude Philippot

    Production Designer :

    Dan Weil

    Costume designer :

    Pierre-Yves Gayraud

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Psychological drama

    Production language :

    English

    Coproducer countries :

    Great Britain, Belgium

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Minority French (Great Britain, Belgium)

    Production year :

    1995

    French release :

    05/03/1997

    Runtime :

    1 h 42 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    84.671

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Director

    Festival Selections

    San Sebastian International Film Festival - 1995

    San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain, 1995)

    Selection

    Official Competition