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Artaud - 2-disc set (Artaud/My Life and Times with Artaud/The True Story of Artaud the Momo)
Artaud - 2-disc set
Artaud/My Life and Times with Artaud/The True Story of Artaud the Momo
Actors: Sami Frey, Marc Barbe, Julie Jézéquel, Valérie Jeannet, Clotilde de Bayser
Directors: Gerard Mordillat, Jerome Prieur
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
UR     2006     1hr 30min

Poet. Actor. Director. Philosopher. Visionary. Madman. All of these words describe Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), who remains one of the most influential figures in 20th century art, theater, and cinema. His influence is evid...  more »

     
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Actors: Sami Frey, Marc Barbe, Julie Jézéquel, Valérie Jeannet, Clotilde de Bayser
Directors: Gerard Mordillat, Jerome Prieur
Creators: Gerard Mordillat, Jerome Prieur, Denis Freyd, Gérard Guérin, Jacques Prevel
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: ARTE
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/31/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Black and White,Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: French
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Life of a Genius
Oslo Jargo | FINLAND | 08/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This film is a wonderful piece devoted to one of the 20th century's greatest literary figures, Antonin Artaud, who in his short life, attempted to create an outrageous and cruel theater which would leave spectators dazzled. Artaud is just released from a mental asylum and is sought out by pretentious bohemians in cafes of Paris, a struggling poet, Jacques Prevel, wants to be introduced to him since he is his hero and he also needs Artauds help in becoming known. What follows is a relationship that develops out of need, the poet Jacques needs Artaud's mentorship and perhaps a handwritten introduction to his poetry and Artaud needs opium to fuel his pain so that he can write before the cancer he has can consume him. "I've survived my own death," Artaud says, and we already understand tha Artaud is on the verge of dying a physical death. Sami Frey, who plays Artaud, is simply extraordinary and there is no hint that this man is an actor, this man IS Artaud, everything he says, whether it be random missives on the nature of evil in a fly or movements with his hands, eyes and intense caricature of the face, realizes Artaud's living frenzy. The scenes are bleak, and the whole film is in black and white with a grainy quality which is simply perfect for the mood. We don't know if Artaud inspires the poet but at the end, Jacques writes, "I knew Antonin Artaud, he is the only man I loved . .. " and with that we realize that one of the greatest figures of man had such a supreme power of words that he will be sorely missed. Long live Artaud."