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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.

Cast

Sami Frey
as Antonin Artaud
Marc Barbé
as Jacques Prevel
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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.

Full Review… | January 27, 2006
Variety
Top Critic

Though exceedingly long (over 4 hours), this is an intelligent and insightful chronicle of the eccentric French poet and philosopher who died in 1948

Full Review… | January 9, 2007
EmanuelLevy.Com

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

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
culturevulture.net

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.

Full Review… | March 5, 2004
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Audience Reviews for My Life and Times with Antonin Artaud (En compagnie d'Antonin Artaud)

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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