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Artaud - 2-disc set (Artaud/My Life and Times with Artaud/The True Story of Artaud the Momo) (1995)

Sami Frey , Marc Barbé , Gérard Mordillat , Jérôme Prieur  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Sami Frey, Marc Barbé, Julie Jézéquel, Valérie Jeannet, Clotilde de Bayser
  • Directors: Gérard Mordillat, Jérôme Prieur
  • Writers: Gérard Mordillat, Jérôme Prieur, Jacques Prevel
  • Producers: Jérôme Prieur, Denis Freyd, Gérard Guérin
  • Format: Black & White, Color, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Arte
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CEV3A0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,493 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Poet. Actor. Director. Philosopher. Visionary. Madman. All of these words describe Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), who remains one of the most influential figures in 20th century art, theater, and cinema. His influence is evident in the works of such theater luminaries as Jean Genet, Fernando Arrabal, Peter Weiss, and Peter Brook, and extends into the world of rock ‘n’ roll through artists like Jim Morrison and Patti Smith. ARTAUD is an amazing 2-DVD set that sheds light on the enigmatic genius who penned The Theater and Its Double, one of the theater’s sacred texts, and whose "Theater of Cruelty" manifesto cast a giant shadow over the development of theater in the 20th century. Artaud is also well known for his brilliant performance in early classics of world cinema, including Abel Gance’s Napoleon and Carl Th. Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc. The two discs in this set include: MY LIFE AND TIMES WITH ANTONIN ARTAUD Following the final years of Artaud’s life after his rescue from Rodez Asylum by friends and followers, My Life and Times with Antonin Artaud features an amazing performance by Sami Frey (Black Widow, Family Life) in the title role. The film’s moody black-and-white photography perfectly evokes the disillusionment of post-WWII Paris. THE TRUE STORY OF ARTAUD THE MOMO

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5.0 out of 5 stars Life of a Genius August 8, 2006
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This film is a wonderful piece devoted to one of the 20th century's greatest literary figures, Antonin Artaud, who in his short life, attempted to create an outrageous and cruel theater which would leave spectators dazzled. Artaud is just released from a mental asylum and is sought out by pretentious bohemians in cafes of Paris, a struggling poet, Jacques Prevel, wants to be introduced to him since he is his hero and he also needs Artauds help in becoming known. What follows is a relationship that develops out of need, the poet Jacques needs Artaud's mentorship and perhaps a handwritten introduction to his poetry and Artaud needs opium to fuel his pain so that he can write before the cancer he has can consume him. "I've survived my own death," Artaud says, and we already understand tha Artaud is on the verge of dying a physical death. Sami Frey, who plays Artaud, is simply extraordinary and there is no hint that this man is an actor, this man IS Artaud, everything he says, whether it be random missives on the nature of evil in a fly or movements with his hands, eyes and intense caricature of the face, realizes Artaud's living frenzy. The scenes are bleak, and the whole film is in black and white with a grainy quality which is simply perfect for the mood. We don't know if Artaud inspires the poet but at the end, Jacques writes, "I knew Antonin Artaud, he is the only man I loved . .. " and with that we realize that one of the greatest figures of man had such a supreme power of words that he will be sorely missed. Long live Artaud.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life of a Genius December 4, 2013
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This film is a wonderful piece devoted to one of the 20th century's greatest literary figures, Antonin Artaud, who in his short life, attempted to create an outrageous and cruel theater which would leave spectators dazzled. Artaud is just released from a mental asylum and is sought out by pretentious bohemians in cafes of Paris, a struggling poet, Jacques Prevel, wants to be introduced to him since he is his hero and he also needs Artauds help in becoming known. What follows is a relationship that develops out of need, the poet Jacques needs Artaud's mentorship and perhaps a handwritten introduction to his poetry and Artaud needs opium to fuel his pain so that he can write before the cancer he has can consume him. "I've survived my own death," Artaud says, and we already understand tha Artaud is on the verge of dying a physical death.

Sami Frey, who plays Artaud, is simply extraordinary and there is no hint that this man is an actor, this man IS Artaud, everything he says, whether it be random missives on the nature of evil in a fly or movements with his hands, eyes and intense caricature of the face, realizes Artaud's living frenzy. The scenes are bleak, and the whole film is in black and white with a grainy quality which is simply perfect for the mood. We don't know if Artaud inspires the poet but at the end, Jacques writes, "I knew Antonin Artaud, he is the only man I loved . .. " and with that we realize that one of the greatest figures of man had such a supreme power of words that he will be sorely missed. Long live Artaud.
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