A Season in Hell: The Life of A. R.
50 Days of Film Projects
Project 12: “A Season in Hell: The Life of A. R.”
A film about the poet Arthur Rimbaud–played by Louis Garrell–the great French poet. I want it to be fragmented, poetic, harsh and very intense viewing. When he dies at 37 from cancer, there should not be a single dry eye in the house. But Rimbaud will not be kept looking like a 16 year old forever, and when he dies we can’t pull the same shit they did with Jim Morrison at the end of Oliver Stone’s “The Doors,” keeping him young and beautiful in the bathtub rather than looking like he was 45, overweight, unclean with a revolting beard. All of the cast must read at least one long work of Rimbaud’s… they should know the feeling of the poetry and incorporate it into their performance. If she were younger, Patti Smith would be called upon to play Rimbaud in some scenes.