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The story of Paul Verlaine's indulgent affair with Arthur Rimbaud. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and David Thewlis.Running Time: 112 min.System Requirements:Running Time 112 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA Rating: R UPC: 794043485022

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  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, David Thewlis, Romane Bohringer, Dominique Blanc, Félicie Pasotti
  • Directors: Agnieszka Holland
  • Writers: Christopher Hampton
  • Producers: Cat Villiers, Jean-Pierre Ramsay-Levi, Jean-Yves Asselin, Pascale Faubert, Philip Hinchcliffe
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 1999
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00001YXH8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,974 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Total Eclipse" on IMDb

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Despite poor reviews and disappointing box-office takings, this is an excellent attempt at portraying the turbulent relationship between the poets Rimbaud and Verlaine. The cast all give good performances, and Leo is superb as Rimbaud, as right for the part as Madonna was for Eva Peron. The film does take some liberties with the historical facts (the scene where Rimbaud is seen urinating at a dinner party is surely made up), but the main purpose of any biopic is to awaken interest in the subjects portrayed and on that level Total Eclipse succeeds admirably. Before watching it, I knew nothing about Rimbaud except that he was a French poet. The day after finishing it, I went immediately to buy a volume of his poetry. The film contains some beautiful landscape shots, as well as harshly realistic views of the Paris slums. The romantic and sex scenes between Leo and David Thewlis are convincing, erotic, and at times painfully moving. Definitely recommended for anyone who is a fan of the poets, the stars or French poetry in general.
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I love Leo and this is the best he ever did. After this splendid movie he decided to go mainstream, away from independent films but this was his apex. It's hard to believe he did this in the era of his "This Boy's Life" for it's the opposite characterization. I have watched this film many times and I enjoy it more each time--his acting while still in his teens is incredibly apt for this strange, eccentric, nihilistic and anti-establishment poet.
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By A Customer on December 17, 2001
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My great grandmother told me many tales of a distant relative, a poet named Arthur Rimbaud. This film followed quite closely, allowing for some cinematic license, the memories she shared. To those who criticize the film, perhaps you prefer your passion neatly packaged. This film abandons pretense and successfully depicts the heated passion that both fuels genius and consumes it.
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This is a great movie and is by far Leonardo DiCaprio best performance yet. He should of won an Oscar for his harrowing portrayal of 19th Century French poet Arthur Rimbaud. Rimbaud was a literary genius at the age of 16, who wrote wonderful and obscure poems about sex and death among other topics.
His intense and volatile relationship with fellow poet Paul Verlaine was often times disturbing and mad. Verlaine had trouble accepting the fact that his friend, confidant and lover was extremely gifted and more successful than he ever was.
Arthur Rimbaud was a merciful and shrewed young man who found pleasure in getting his way all the time and making other people look ridicule (especially the ones he did not like). Verlaine's young wife could not tolerate him and blamed him for making her husband abandon her for long periods of time. Verlaine would always come back to his wife but found Rimbaud so irresistable that he always ended up doing what he wanted and would succumb to his every need be it emotional or sexual. Arthur always knew had to get Paul wrapped up around his finger and got him to do whatever he wanted atleast most of the time.
This film is highlated by great performances from the entire cast and once again it is DiCaprio's remarkable performance that makes this film extremely interesting to watch. I don't think this movie is for everyone especially the ones that only think that a good movie is not good unless someone or something gets blown off. DiCaprio's character goes thru many changes in his appearance especially when he is dying of a terrible disease (I'm sorry but I can't seem to remember which one) his character is both physical and emotional and he plays it with incredible strength and emotion.
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By A Customer on July 21, 2000
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Goodness! The way people were speaking about this film, I thought it would be one of those deep, dark, poetic, pathbreaking epics that you come across once in a lifetime. Sadly, it isn't even a half-way decent film, with disappointing performances from both DiCaprio and Thewlis. The direction is shoddy, and the 'dark' sides of the leads aren't very well explored. At times, the pace is lethargic, and even DiCaprio's stunning beauty isn't enough to lift this movie out of its depression.
No doubt the director has approached the subject with a lot of heart. Indeed, the doomed love affair between Verlaine and Rimabaud is intriguing even in this day and age. It must be said that for a film of this sort to work, the chemistry between the lead actors is vital. On this level, thankfully, the film is an absolute success. Few same-sex couples on screen have exhibited the chemistry that Leo and David seem to share. Every scene between them sparkles with electricity, and their falling in love is authentically captured.
This however, is not at all sufficient for 'Total Eclipse' to work. Theres something amiss, and its difficult to say exactly what. Perhaps its the weak script and the misplaced soundtrack. Personally, I found that the director's attempts to age DiCaprio thoroughly hilarious. In these scenes, Caprio (who was 20 at the time) looks like a schoolboy playing Lincoln, and the fake moustache is just too much. Leo is one of those actors who seem destined to remain boyish-looking (like Michael J Fox), and these scenes serve to reiterate that belief.
The film tries to stick to history and facts, but there are sequences that do make you wonder.
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