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Camille Claudel (1988)

Cast: Isabelle Adjani, Isabelle Adjani, Gérard Depardieu, more...
Director: Bruno Nuytten, Bruno Nuytten
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Costume Drama/Period Piece, Biopics, France
Running Time: 159 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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The troubled life of French sculptor Camille Claudel and her long relationship with legendary sculptor Auguste Rodin are portrayed in this passionate biographical drama, featuring an acclaimed performance by Isabelle Adjani. Beginning in the 1880s with a young Claudel's first meeting with Rodin, the film traces the development of their intense romantic bond. The growth of this relationship coincides with the rise of Claudel's career, helping her overcome prejudices against female artists. However, their romance soon sours, due to the increasing pressures of Rodin's fame and his love for another woman. These difficulties combine with her increasing doubts about the value of her work to drive Claudel into an emotional tumult that threatens to become insanity. First-time director Bruno Nuytten had previously served as a cinematographer, and he brings this experience to bear in his loving presentation of Claudel's sculpture and the lavish period setting. The dramatic approach is in tune with the impressive visuals, which present Claudel's life as a grandiose melodrama, a transformation that irritated some critics. However, few questioned the film's value as a dramatic showcase for Adjani, whose fervent portrayal was rewarded with an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. The American release version was cut to 159 minutes. ~ Judd Blaise, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

The tragic life of an woman artist by tungwaiyip November 25, 2007 - 8:08 PM PST
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
At once talented, passionate and self-destructive, Camille Claudel's life was a tragedy. She was a bright and promising young sculptor. But all that has lost in vain in a slow and irreversible decline after her break up with Rodin. For better and for worst, her association with maestro sculptor Auguste Rodin has defined her life. She was his pupil, assistant and mistress and later he has become her demon who haunted her. The sadness was compounded as she has failed the expectation of her supportive father and younger brother.

The film has won many César Awards including the best film and best actress.

It is long and depressing because... by MOzcan November 10, 2005 - 10:01 PM PST
0 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Camille Claudel's life was long and depressing. She spent last 30 years of her life in an asylum. She was tormented by delusions all her life. Did you expect a giggly-silly movie?

Ok everyone loves this movie....but why? by AZumaya December 28, 2004 - 1:22 PM PST
1 out of 5 members found this review helpful
It is a festival of grim. One sad thing after another..I think people who enjoy pointlessly depressing movies have found home base here. It is way too long and drags......

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