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

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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, patiently waits. The last two years of Artaud's life provide the focus for much of the film.

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

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

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

Jan 27, 2006 | Rating: 4/5
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Though exceedingly long (over 4 hours), this is an intelligent and insightful chronicle of the eccentric French poet and philosopher who died in 1948

Jan 9, 2007 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

A rare film that actually has something interesting to say about the creative process

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

A stimulating grainy black-and-white shot fictionalized biopic on the last two years of one of the great 20th century literary figures, Antonin Artaud.

Mar 5, 2004 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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