Total Eclipse (1995)
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as Arthur Rimbaud
as Paul Verlaine
as Mathilde Verlaine
as Mrs. Maute De Fleurville
as Mr. Maute De Fleurville
as Charles Cros
as The Judge
as Isabelle as a Child
as Rimbaud's Mother
as Somalian Woman
as Isabelle Rimbaud
Critic Reviews for Total Eclipse
A misguided project from Holland: Watching Verlaine and Rimbeau engage in endless arguments about the nature of love, you wonder when they had time to create the poetry that revolutionized the world.
Fascinating biopic marred by Di Caprio's performance.
Despite its fascinating subject matter, Total Eclipse is both unflattering and loveless.
a noble effort to capture Rimbaud's genius, but it fails to take enough risks to get close to the enigmatic poet.
A disappointing biography about the homosexual relationship of two famous 19th century French poets.
The Rimbaud seen here is less a poet warrior than cloying brat.
Audience Reviews for Total Eclipse
Opening credits go on way too long, there is some vacany in the story's execution and the film also slips to some other lows. Still, DiCaprio is, get this, phenomenal. I know, czazy isn't it? He is also hilarious comic relief, which really is shocking when you consider how serious of an actor he is, Academy. There are also some other great performances, good lines for DiCaprio, I hate to admit it, but excellent chemistry between Thewlis and DiCaprio and other high points that could have made it a much more solid film, had the story been delivered better. Still, it is an interesting film that's fairly worth checking out.
A young Leonardo...already an outstanding actor. He absolutely stole this film as his own even at such a young age. I love period dramas, and biographical dramas, so this movie was just perfect for me. Leo portrays a supposedly true-to-life strange and crazy poet in this movie. I can't imagine anyone doing a better job than he did. Very interesting film.
David Thewlis is such a horrible actor that it destroyed this movie. This was a great performance for Leonardo DiCaprio and I feel his portrayal was the only interesting thing about the movie. Even with getting to see Leonardo naked a few times... I still cannot recommend the movie. Seeing Leonardo shine as an actor may only be because of the poor acting of co-stars!
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