My Life and Times with Antonin Artaud (En compagnie d'Antonin Artaud) (1994)

My Life and Times with Antonin Artaud (En compagnie d'Antonin Artaud)

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This French film offers a powerful fictionalized account of renowned French poet, actor, and intellectual Antonin Artaud who in life walked a fine, often blurred line between genius and insanity. It is told from the viewpoint of Artaud's intimate friend, student, and pusher, the poet Jacques Prevel. The story begins in late Spring 1946 as Artaud is released from a Rodez asylum where he stayed for nine years. He returns to Paris where Prevel, eager to resume their mentor student relationship, … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Jerome Prieur
On DVD: Jan 31, 2006
Runtime:

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as Antonin Artaud

as Jacques Prevel
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Sami Frey gives an astonishingly intense perfromance in his portrait of the genius and madness of the famed French poet-intellectual.

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I was a bit disappointed in the portrayal of Artaud almost as just a meer junkie but there were some powerfully insightful moments as well. What is a fly? The expression/embodiment of someone that wishes to do you harm (or some such thing). Perhaps the physical world is just a manifestation of the psychic/spiritual and while I got the quote a bit wrong I'm sure the gist is there which shows how interesting/deep Artaud can be. Susan Sontag wrote a nice book about him that I'd recommend as good reading - this film was fine but not great.

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