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The weather was so nice, I decided to have lunch in the pavillion on the grounds and eventually spent half a day wondering around the various scuptures situated indoors and outside. The 'Thinker' sat contemplating a nearby bush while a little bird landed on his shoulder, and Balzac looked down in triump from his pedestal. But, inside the house, I found a little room dedicated to the work of Camille Claudel, and here I paused the longest. It struck me then that while Rodin dealt with the external, Claudel dealt with the internal--the soul. I'm a small fan of sculpture, but the marble pieces Claudel worked with her hands are amazing. "Life-like" does not say enough. One piece, a marble bust of a child's head and shoulders took my breath away. I kept waiting for the child to breathe. I checked to see if she was breathing. The only pieces I have seen that are comparable were executed by Micheangelo.
The film CAMILLE CLAUDEL is worthy of the heroine and her sad story. Rodin treated her badly, if for no other reason than he had no right to become sexually involved with her when she was his employee and he was a married man. Today he would be locked up for sexual harrassment, and Claudel would not spend most of her life locked up because she became "hysterical" after he dumped her.
But, Rodin's greatest sin may have been that he became involved with Claudel because he recognized her genius and he wanted to exploit it.Read more ›
complete film. Fifteen full minutes have been cut from this release. First and foremost, just WHO and WHY makes the
decisions to declare how a film is to be released? Surely NOT the producers, actors, directors of these films. There seems
to be a sound reason behind boycotting or otherwise punishing those who exercise capricious and mean-spirited power
over what and how we access films. Censorship, at least in THIS country, is supposed to be against the law. I saw this
movie in New York when it was first shown and I remember a totally different experience from THIS butchered version.
Letters, e-mails, and phone calls have so far proved fruitless. The rights of free people are being senselessly ignored.
FIRST, put a STOP to "Regions Coding". SECOND, insist on complete and un-cut versions of ALL films.
Isabelle Adjani artfully plays real life French sculpturess, Camille Claudel. She displays pure emotion and passionate reactions such that she is completely believable as the tragic yet talented Claudel. Claudel becomes Auguste Rodin's assistant and eventual lover/muse. They fight and compete for fame together and seperately with Claudel always the more talented but underscored by Rodin's jealously and fierce connections to the art world. In the end Claudel succumbs to a broken and ravaged heart betrayed in many ways by her one true love, Rodin.
I recently returned from a trip to Paris and having seen first hand the sculptures created by Claudel and Rodin I am even more impressed with this tragic story of talented yet conflicted artists. To see the obvious gentleness with which Claudel can carve marble and to feel the warmth that stems from a slab of cold stone left me mesmerized by her talent. Rodin appears clumsy and inept next to her creations despite his world reknown fame. I will always wonder what a woman of her talent could have created had she been alive today and not under the influence of an egotistical maniac!
Why, then, is her work so little known today? Certainly not because it's appeal faded with time. It still has all the power to move a viewer that it ever did. The reason is probably that there was so very little of her work, and even less extant today. Her career lasted only a few of her adult years. Illness of mind drove her from the people and venues that supported her, and drove her to destroy much of her own work. In the end, illness left her unable even to care for herself. She was hospitalized in 1913, and died in 1943 without regaining her sanity, her freedom, or her career.
This lovely movie documents her life up to 1913. It shows her early promise, her rise to success, and her collapse into incapacity. The basic historical facts, to the best of my knowledge, are sound, but may have been stretched in a few places. Her relationship with Rodin is shown, but may not have been given the emphasis it warranted. Her removal to the hospital for the insane is shown, too, but may not have been the peaceable affair displayed here. No matter. Claudel the artist deserves the attention, and Claudel the woman leaves us asking what wonders that illness stole from her and from history.
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Wonderful story of a little known sculptor who may have been a better artist than Rodin.
Nominated for best foreign film, best actress in a foreign film. Read more
I first bought the Korean version and so pissed off by it and throw it away right away by two reasons. 1. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hee Chul Kwon
it was hard getting started, but stick with it. The beginning starts out like a cute 12 year old tussle but eventually grows up... liked it after allPublished 5 months ago by Teresa Gianzinetti
Film at its best, this movie is educational as well as inspirational. The story explores the conundrum of being a woman artist, following the very real experience of a the infamous... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Janet Shannon
We saw this movie when it first came out..it is a f a n t a s t i c movie. But I've read a large chunk of the film I saw in New york City has been edited out for some reason.. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gloria Athanasatos
Magnificent story, acting, production. One of my all time favorites. (I hate Rodin.)Published 7 months ago by GrandmaAnnie
One of my favorite movies. I always go back to this one.Published 8 months ago by Sarah Hempel Irani
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