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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Camille Claudel (1988) ~2~

Camille Claudel is a 1988 French film about the life of the 19th century female sculptor Camille Claudel. The movie was based on the book by Reine-Marie Paris, granddaughter of Camille's brother, the poet and diplomat Paul Claudel. It was directed by Bruno Nuytten, co-produced by Isabelle Adjani, and starred her and Gérard Depardieu. The film had a total of 2,717,136 admissions in France.

The film recounts the troubled life of French sculptor Camille Claudel and her long relationship with legendary sculptor Auguste Rodin. 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.

1989 - Nominated for two Academy Awards: Academy Award for Best Actress and Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
1989 - Received five César Awards, including the César Awards for Best Film and Best Actress.
1989 - Isabelle Adjani received the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 39th Berlin International Film Festival

Camille Claudel (8 December 1864 -- 19 October 1943) was a French sculptor and graphic artist. She was the elder sister of the poet and diplomat Paul Claudel.


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  1. Beautiful sad film! Adjani's a super actress.

  2. You are right...

    I love Camille Claudel,
    the sculptor and
    THE sculpture -
    an independent
    woman artist
    who brought her own
    emotions to life
    through her great
    pieces of sculpture;
    she who had chosen
    to live for herself
    and love the way
    she willed it to be.

    This is such a tragic drama.
    One would wonder
    whether her descent
    to madness was brought
    about by a society
    that could not accept
    an extraordinary woman
    gifted by nature
    with such artful sensitivity,
    or, Rodin's rejection,
    or both....

  3. Thanks for
    the visit, Angel.

    I'm hoping
    this masterpiece
    of a film touches
    your heart --
    as it is about
    how a woman
    tried to place
    passions and sculpture
    before everything,
    how an artist like
    her lived a
    most difficult life...

  4. Her descent into madness... but this is it! was she really mad? or just incorrigible, lol...her family put her in an asylum. She went on to live to a really old age, so maybe she was happy there, or maybe it showed how strong she was. It's impossible to know if they did the right thing, but sad either way.

  5. The biggest pain
    one could suffer
    is rejection.
    She wished to give
    herself to others
    but was constantly
    rejected by her loved ones
    and the society.
    In reality, her being
    confined to an asylum
    gave her a better chance
    at getting along
    that much better,
    surviving many
    years afterwards…..

  6. Van Gogh created notable
    literary works of art
    even though he was
    a schizophrenic sufferer
    and not because
    he was mentally affected -
    and many others like,
    Schumann, H.de Toulouse
    even Nietzsche).

    In Camille's case,
    perhaps the seeds
    to the morbid processes
    had (consciously and
    unconsciously) been
    developing in her
    mind from early on ----
    Camille was born after
    the death of the first
    male child of her mother.
    This early, she has been rejected
    by her mother for having
    broken her mother's expectations
    of another male baby.
    When she begun
    working with Rodin,
    her mother never
    was happy in
    agreeing with her
    daughter's profession.
    No matter the sweet liaison
    between her and Rodin,
    Rodin couldn't abandon
    Rose Beuret and
    could never decide on
    marrying his mistress.
    After which, she had an
    abortion and went to live
    in seclusion to dedicate
    herself more closely
    to her own work.
    Her work was
    regarded by some critics
    as a shame to the country.
    Even Paul, her very
    own brother became
    ashamed of her physical
    and moral decadence.
    She avoided everyone,
    felt persecuted,
    destroyed her creations
    and buried them,
    drank too much,
    lived in extreme poverty
    and physical misery and
    neglected herself all the while
    hating Rodin and being fearful
    of getting poisoned by him.

    During those 30 years
    of confinement,
    she did not create
    a single work of art.

    The eccentric artist
    very few had recognized,
    she led a paradoxical,
    difficult tragic life
    but one that was rich.
    She was toughened
    because of her weakness;
    acknowledging her loss,
    she found determination ;
    faced with crises and weakness,
    she responded with courage;
    faced with complexity,
    she responded with
    depth and creativity....

  7. Yep!

    Very well said!

    Sad she could not pursue her talent, and was rejected like you say.

    Are you an artist yourself? Or are you like me and just relate to the artistic...

  8. Thanks :)

    How unfortunate.
    Camille was gifted
    with a great talent
    that was misunderstood,
    that was envied upon,
    mostly overshadowed
    and overlooked...

  9. Not an artist per se,
    but an aficionado in
    arts, music, history,
    and culture.
    The simplest things
    are more than enough trigger
    that sets curiosity on.
    Past and Now -
    time provides an opening
    from which
    we tap not only from
    the best but also
    the unexceptional;
    too many great things
    to learn, be it
    ordinary or profound.

    I take things with an
    inexpressible sense
    made of raw awe:
    there will be patterns
    from which hidden purposes
    are discovered,
    there will be voices
    and stories that go
    beyond our own small,
    private existence
    that should have
    the chance to be heard,
    and to delight in
    their fullest expression.
    Explore, discover, understand...
    We understand,
    we grow,
    we see...

    But, we are all one, truly--
    like waves tossed in the ocean,
    like fabric woven in one loom,
    in a living world of
    multi-coloured thread:
    beauty, pain, yearning,
    passion, losses, failures
    optimism, enthusiasm, hope.

    Maybe, you there
    and I here have this in common....

  10. Yes! Hold onto the enthusiasm especially...it is what drives us... Best wishes,