Total Eclipse (1995) Movie

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Ratings / Votes
6.3/ 10 (6673 Votes)

MPAA Ratings
Rated R for strong sexuality and nudity, language, and some startling violence

Production Company
Canal+ [fr] - (with the participation of)
Capitol Films [gb] - (with the participation of)
Eurimages [fr] - (supported by)
European Co-production Fund [gb] - (with the participation of)
FIT Productions [fr] - (as FIT Production)

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(USA) - 3 November 1995
(South Korea) - 2 December 1995
(Poland) - 28 March 1996
(Hong Kong) - 18 April 1996
(Spain) - 10 May 1996

Running Time

Touched by Genius. Cursed by Madness. Blinded by Love. Impassioned by genius. Inflamed by desire. Imprisoned by love.

1870s, 19th-century, absinthe, abyssinia, adultery, africa, age-difference, amputation, anal-sex, apology, art, artist, baby, baldness, bare-breasts, based-on-play, belching, black-forest, bleating, blood, bohemian, book, bourgeoisie, breast-feeding, brother-sister-relationship,

Technical Support
MET:3138 m
OFM:35 mm
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.85 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Chaplin, Christopher (I) as [Charles Cros] <13>
  2. DiCaprio, Leonardo as [Arthur Rimbaud] <1>
  3. Hampton, Christopher (I) as [The Judge] <14>
  4. Han, Cheb as [Djami] <17>
  5. Jung, Mathias as [Andre] <15>
  6. Seweryn, Andrzej as [Mr. Maute De Fleurville] <10>
  7. Thewlis, David as [Paul Verlaine] <2>
  8. Thiérrée, James as [Frederic] <7>
  9. Thompson, Christopher (I) as [Carjat] <11>
  10. Van Barthold, Bruce as [Aicard] <12>
  11. Blanc, Dominique as [Isabelle Rimbaud] <4>
  12. Bohringer, Romane as [Mathilde Maute] <3>
  13. Cabarbaye, Felicie Pasotti as [Isabelle, as a child] <5>
  14. Chalem, Denise as [Mrs. Maute De Fleurville] <9>
  15. Declercq, Aza as (uncredited) [Prostitute]
  16. DiCaprio, Irmelin as (uncredited) [Nun]
  17. Klein, Nita (I) as [Rimbaud's Mother] <6>
  18. Noel, Kettly as [Somalian Woman] <16>
  19. Oppo, Emmanuelle as [Vitalie] <8>


  1. Biography
  2. Drama
  3. Romance

Full Plot

In 1871, Paul Verlaine (1844-1896), an established poet, invites boy genius Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) to live with Paul and his young pregnant wife, Mathiltde, in her father's home in Paris. Rimbaud's uncouth behavior disrupts the household as well as the insular society of French poets, but Verlaine finds the youth invigorating. Stewed in absinthe and resentment, Verlaine abuses Mathiltde; he and Rimbaud become lovers and abandon her. There are reconciliations and partings with Mathiltde and partings and reconciliations with Rimbaud, until an 1873 incident with a pistol sends one of them to prison. Codas dramatize the poets' final meeting and last illnesses. Plot not found

Total Business

GR: USD 339,889 (USA)

Movie Certificate

16 (Iceland)
MA (Australia)(15+)
(Banned) (Singapore)
15 (Denmark)(video rating) (self applied)
16 (Argentina)
13+ (Canada)(Quebec)
18 (Canada)(Nova Scotia)
R (Canada)(Manitoba/Ontario)
12 (Germany)
III (Hong Kong)
VM18 (Italy)
M/16 (Portugal)
18 (South Korea)
18 (Spain)
18 (UK)

Music Composers

  1. Kaczmarek, Jan A.P.


  1. Arvanitis, Giorgos (I) (as Yorgos Arvanitis)

Dress Designers

  1. Gayraud, Pierre-Yves


Capitol Films [gb] - (1995) (worldwide) (all media) (sales)
Concorde Home Entertainment [de] - (2008) (Germany) (DVD)
ELKE [gr] - (1996) (Greece) (theatrical)
Editora Europa [br] - (Brazil) (DVD)
Egmont [dk] - (2001) (Denmark) (video) (as Egmont Film)
Emerald [ar] - (2010) (Argentina) (DVD)
Filmes Castello Lopes [pt] - (1998) (Portugal) (theatrical)
Fine Line Features [us] - (1995) (USA) (theatrical)
Gativideo [ar] - (Argentina) (video)
Home Video Hellas (HVH) [gr] - (1996) (Greece) (VHS)
Les Films Number One [fr] - (1997) (France) (theatrical)
New Line Home Video [us] - (1999) (USA) (DVD)
Senator Film [de] - (1996) (Germany) (theatrical)
Top Tape [br] - (Brazil) (VHS)
United International Pictures (UIP) [ch] - (1996) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
United International Pictures (UIP) [es] - (1996) (Spain) (theatrical)

Film Editors

  1. Lorente, Isabelle (as Isabel Lorente)


  1. Arias, Emmanuelle (production assistant)
  2. Benzakein, Simona (unit publicist)
  3. Boshart, Patrick (location scout) (uncredited)
  4. Carrel, Didier (location manager)
  5. Cobac, Nicole (production accountant)
  6. Figueras, Patrick (caterer: Les Traiteurs du Vern)
  7. Fournier, Corinne (production secretary)
  8. Francou-Muller, Marine (location scout)
  9. Gamondes, Hervé (location scout)
  10. Garson, Frédéric (I) (production assistant)
  11. Gaulupeau, Laurence (post-production accountant)
  12. Glynn, Victor (head of production) (uncredited)
  13. Hoebeke, Els (additional crew) (uncredited)
  14. Klier, Vernice (dialogue coach)
  15. Lipmann, Camille (location scout)
  16. Martin, Sylvie (V) (financial supervisor)
  17. Minot, Pierre (location scout)
  18. Moens, Carlos (animals and caravans)
  19. Moreau, Frederic (I) (supervisor: titles and opticals)
  20. Moreno-Carpio, Stephane (production assistant)
  21. Platey, Frédéric (supervisor: titles and opticals)
  22. Pondevaux, Fabien (location scout) (uncredited)
  23. Saby, Marie (script supervisor)
  24. Sivers, John (corporate finance) (uncredited)
  25. Van Donnick, Mario (production assistant: Belgium)
  26. Verduyckt, Elly (assistant location manager: Belgium)
  27. Vyncke, Lieve (location manager: Belgium)
  28. Weiler, Kalinka (location scout) (as Kalinka Weiller-Carrasco)


Arthur Rimbaud: I have no intention of taking a job. My work is going far too well - I can't afford to waste time earning money. Arthur Rimbaud: The only unbearable thing is that nothing is unbearable. Arthur Rimbaud: Do you love me? Paul Verlaine: What? Arthur Rimbaud: Do you love me? Paul Verlaine: Yes... Arthur Rimbaud: Then put your hand on the table. Paul Verlaine: What? Arthur Rimbaud: Put your hand on the table. Arthur Rimbaud: Let the 98 wounds of our savior burst and bleed. Arthur Rimbaud: Love has to be reinvented. Paul Verlaine: You don't care about my happiness, do you? Arthur Rimbaud: No, neither should you. [first lines] Paul Verlaine: Sometimes he speaks in a kind of tender dialect of the death which causes repentence, of the unhappy men who certainly exist, of painful tasks and heartrending departures. In the hovels where we got drunk he wept looking at those who surrounded us, the cattle of poverty. He lifted up drunks in the black streets. He had the pity a bad mother has for small children. He moved with the grace of a little girl at catechism. He pretended to know about everything, business, art, medicine. I followed him, I had to! [last lines] Arthur Rimbaud: I've found it. Paul Verlaine: What? Arthur Rimbaud: Eternity. It's the sun mingled with the sea. Arthur Rimbaud: [to Verlaine] We should make a bargain. You help me... and I'll help you. If we go away together, I'm sure you'll be able to start doing good work again. And when we've taken as much as we can from each other... [Moves closer to Verlaine] We simply split up and move on. Paul Verlaine: And how would we live? Arthur Rimbaud: Well, you have some money, don't you? [Chuckles] Paul Verlaine: I understand. I help you by supporting you... [Between a laugh] And you help me by renewing my rusty, old inspiration. Is that it? Arthur Rimbaud: [Smiles, puts his hand to Verlaine's face and strokes it] You hold it all together. [He moves toward his mentor and kisses him. Verlaine looks at him in shock, but the young teenage poet only smiles. Paul leans to him and they kiss passionately]

Other Titles

  1. Die Affäre von Rimbaud und Verlaine (1996) (ENG)

  2. Eclipse totale (1997) (ENG)
    (France) (DVD title)

  3. Poeti dall'inferno (1996) (ENG)

  4. Rimbaud Verlaine (1997) (ENG)

  5. Affäre von Rimbaud und Verlaine, Die (1996) (GER)

  6. Poeti dall'inferno (1996) (ITA)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium
  2. Blankenberge, Belgium
  3. Djibouti
  4. Paris, France


- 'River Phoenix' (qv) was originally attached to the project, but the part of Rimbaud went to 'Leonardo DiCaprio' (qv) after Phoenix's death.

- 'John Malkovich' (qv) was initially attached to play Verlaine, but pulled out.

- 'David Thewlis' (qv) shaved part of his head especially for the film so as to look like the real Verlaine.

- Ouzo was used as a replacement for absinthe for the drinking scenes filmed on the first day. Because the scene turned out so well, method drinking was adopted for the rest of filming. As a result, Thewlis had admitted in a interview that he can't really remember making the film at all.