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Publisher: Faber & Faber
# of Pages: 120
Pub. Date: 1996
About the Screenplay:
RARE BOOK, a very limited number of copies are available.
A screenplay set in Paris in the late 1800s and featuring two
celebrated poets. Paul Verlaine is a volatile alcoholic torn between
his lovely yet conventional wife and the seductive and brilliant
Arthur Rimbaud, whose life and poetry is fuelled by an insatiable
hunger for intense experience.
Set in Paris in the late 1800s, Total Eclipse is the story
of Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine, two of France's greatest poets.
Verlaine is a volatile alcoholic torn between his lovely yet
conventional wife and the seductive, dangerous and brilliant Rimbaud,
a young poet whose life and work is fuelled by an insatiable hunger
for intense experience, unbounded by rules or consequences. Total
Eclipse is the audacious, demanding and provocative story of a
volatile romantic triangle and the lives it consumes. This screenplay
is based on Christopher Hampton's highly successful stage
play, originally written in 1967.
About the Screenwriter:
Christopher Hampton is a playwright, screenwriter,
director, producer, and a consummate translator and adaptor of
novels. Born in 1946 in Portugal, he spent his childhood in Aden,
Egypt and Zanzibar, then studied French and German at Oxford
University. He was the youngest writer ever to have a play staged in
the West End, and in the late 1960s, was resident dramatist at the
Royal Court Theatre.