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Total Eclipse is a 1995 film directed by Agnieszka Holland based on a 1967 play by Christopher Hampton who also wrote the screenplay based on letters and poems it presents a historically accurate account of the passionate and violent relationship between the two 19th century French poets Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud at a time of soaring creativity for both of them.

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The older Paul Verlaine meets Arthur Rimbaud's sister Isabelle in a café in Paris Isabelle and her mother want Verlaine to hand over any copies he may still have of Rimbaud's poems so that they can burn them they fear the lewdness of his writings. Verlaine reflects on the wild relationship he had had with Rimbaud.

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