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Camille Claudel (1988)

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Biography of Camille Claudel. Sister of writer Paul Claudel, her enthusiasm impresses already-famous sculptor Auguste Rodin. He hires her as an assistant, but soon Camille begins to sculpt ... See full summary »

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Bruno Nuytten

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Reine-Marie Paris (based on the book by), Bruno Nuytten (scenario and dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Adjani ... Camille Claudel
Gérard Depardieu ... Auguste Rodin
Madeleine Robinson ... Louise-Athanaise Claudel
Laurent Grévill Laurent Grévill ... Paul Claudel
Philippe Clévenot Philippe Clévenot ... Eugène Blot
Katrine Boorman ... Jessie Lipscomb
Maxime Leroux Maxime Leroux ... Claude Debussy
Danièle Lebrun Danièle Lebrun ... Rose Beuret
Jean-Pierre Sentier Jean-Pierre Sentier ... Limet
Roger Planchon ... Morhardt
Aurelle Doazan Aurelle Doazan ... Louise Claudel
Madeleine Marie Madeleine Marie ... Victoire
Alain Cuny ... Louis-Prosper Claudel
Gérard Beaume Gérard Beaume
Martin Berléand Martin Berléand ... Robert
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Biography of Camille Claudel. Sister of writer Paul Claudel, her enthusiasm impresses already-famous sculptor Auguste Rodin. He hires her as an assistant, but soon Camille begins to sculpt for herself and for Rodin. She also becomes his mistress. But after a while, she would like to get out of his shadow... Written by Yepok

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Camille Claudel See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$201,055
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A major scene in the movie depicts the announcement of the death of Victor Hugo. In The Story of Adele H (1975), Isabelle Adjani played Adèle Hugo, Victor Hugo's daughter who, like Camille Claudel, suffered from schizophrenia. See more »

Quotes

Camille Claudel: My little Paul, you came to see me in May... and I made you promise not to neglect me so terribly. Madhouses are made to inflict suffering. It can't be helped... especially if you never see anyone. They try to force me to sculpt here. They don't succeed, so they make trouble for me. Don't forget, Paul, your sister is in prison with madwomen. Mama wrote the doctor... that I mean to harm you. That I detest you and am out to hurt you. It's not true. I wish she would take me to Villeneuve with her....
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Alternate Versions

The North American theatrical release was cut to 158 minutes. The Region 1 VHS and DVD releases used this cut print. The full-length 175-minute version is available on Region 2 DVDs released in Europe. See more »

Connections

Referenced in La musica di Camille Claudel (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Spleen
from "Ariettes oubliées"
Music by Claude Debussy
Poem by Paul Verlaine
Performed by Barbara Hendricks soprano, Michel Beroff piano
(p) EMI Classics
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Adjani was robbed of her Oscar!
25 December 2002 | by Banquo13See all my reviews

Isabelle Adjani is stunning as the title character in this rich and passionate film. I am amazed anytime an actor or actresses changes physically in the part of a film (and without tons of make-up and special effects, either!)and Adjani does this remarkably well! We as an audience are just as stunned as Eugene Blot when he finds Camille drunk and spiraling into the depths of madness. Her appearance is nothing less than shocking.

The film as a whole is engaging with a whirlwind of emotions--rage, sadness, torment, bliss; by the time the nearly 3 hours are up, I am exhausted. Adjani and Depardieu are part of that emotional energy as they passionately go at it--sex, sculpture and anger; especially when it comes to the latter. It is almost worth it to stop reading the subtitles and listen to them rage and lash out at one another.

Adjani is powerful in so much of this film...I am amazed she didn't receive that best actress Oscar she was up for. Her torment and pain is riveting--especially in French. I am glad they did not decide to dub this film into English; hearing Adjani sob and ask "Pourquoi? Pourquoi?" would be empty with her mouthing the words "Why? why?" in English.

The film as a whole is a bit long, but overall is stunning. The sad epilogue is even sadder if you know that Claudel's remains were interred in a mass grave after her brother Paul failed to claim them from her original grave [the asylums only interred bodies in individual plots for a certain amount of time; space was at a premium.] So, the brilliant Camille Claudel's remains ended up in an unmarked grave mixed in with others who went unclaimed, as well.


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