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Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine - cited as inspirations for artists such as the until the end of July before the homes go on to the open market for a higher price. and Rimbaud and Verlaine virtually ended their relationship in that house in. French poets Rimbaud and Verlaine lived in Royal College Street in however, after Verlaine returned one morning from Camden market Relationships have all been bad/ Mine have been like Verlaine's and Rimbaud. Rimbaud and Verlaine's London home should have its blue plaque now iconoclastic verse and where the tempestuous relationship between these with a fish bought in Camden market, a dash across the Channel and a.
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- Une saison en Camden: Rimbaud and Verlaine in Victorian London
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Rimbaud wrote to several poets but received no replies, so his friend, office employee Charles Auguste Bretagne, advised him to write to Paul Verlainean eminent Symbolist poet. Verlaine was intrigued by Rimbaud, and replied, "Come, dear great soul. We await you; we desire you," sending him a one-way ticket to Paris.
In later published recollections of his first sight of Rimbaud at the age of seventeen, Verlaine described him as having "the real head of a child, chubby and fresh, on a big, bony, rather clumsy body of a still-growing adolescent", with a "very strong Ardennes accent that was almost a dialect".
His voice had "highs and lows as if it were breaking. They led a wild, vagabond-like life spiced by absintheopium and hashish.
Their stormy relationship eventually brought them to London in September a period over which Rimbaud would later express regret. During this time, Verlaine abandoned his wife and infant son both of whom he had abused in his alcoholic rages. In England they lived in considerable poverty in BloomsburyLondon and in Camden Townscraping a living mostly from teaching, as well as an allowance from Verlaine's mother.
Verlaine far left and Rimbaud second to left in an painting by Henri Fantin-Latour In late JuneVerlaine returned to Paris alone, but quickly began to mourn Rimbaud's absence. Fearing that Verlaine, with pistol in pocket, might shoot him again, Rimbaud "ran off" and "begged a policeman to arrest him".
The charges were reduced to wounding with a firearm, and on 8 August Verlaine was sentenced to two years in prison. In he returned to London with the poet Germain Nouveau. Travels — [ edit ] Rimbaud self-portrait in Harar in Some speculate he was fed up with his former wild living, or that the recklessness itself had been the source of his creativity.
He continued to travel extensively in Europe, mostly on foot. Four months later he deserted and fled into the jungle. He managed to return incognito to France by ship; as a deserter he would have faced a Dutch firing squad had he been caught. Abyssinia — [ edit ] In Rimbaud finally settled in AdenYemen, as a main employee in the Bardey agency,  going on to run the firm's agency in HararEthiopia. At the same time he also engaged in exploring and struck up a close friendship with the Governor of Harar, Ras Makonnen Wolde Mikaelfather of future emperor Haile Selassie.
Rimbaud and Verlaine's silly fixations
In these challenges we were lucky to be able to work with a professional fight choreographer. But we also needed to use sound and the careful editing to make these scenes work, and to ensure that they fitted comfortably within the narrative. I was particularly pleased with the moment when blood was flicked on to the hand of the producer.
This was achieved by a close up of a knife, dripping in blood, being flicked. Although perhaps a superfluous movement in a knife fight, this very short shot had the merit both of heightening the drama and sense of danger represented by the inadequately wrapped weapon, and explaining how blood had travelled from the knife on to the hand of the producer.
I think that the shot ends up looking both exciting and believable. Even more difficult was the blow from the fish. This rather too realistic shot was the one that we used in the final edit, although additional sound was used to better convey the painful slap of fish on bare skin.
What I wanted was a single scene in which Rimbaud circled around his fellow poet, stealing a drink from him, then expostulating on the nature of art, and finally insulting Verlaine and provoking him to throw a drink in his face. To achieve this dramatic sense of movement we needed to take multiple shots from different angles, and to engineer a series of complex changes.
Une saison en Camden: Rimbaud and Verlaine in Victorian London | The Great Wen
I was very pleased when the final sequence came out looking like a seamless whole, following a clear trajectory, and leading to a satisfying dramatic conclusion.
For me, this scene, above all, represented the challenges and the satisfactions of film making. House of Knives has ended up being an unusual and interesting short film which packs a lot of information into a short space of time whilst maintaining a sense of danger, weirdness and disorientation.
The film looks beautiful and its production values are far better than one might expect from such a low budget project. This is in large part due to the fabulous contributions of the young professional film-makers involved, in particular the cinematographer, the sound editor, the editor, the score composer, and the colour grader, who made the most of the richly textured shots of faces and interiors.
Graham Henderson, Director, London Posted on: Matilda could not tolerate Rimbaud for a long time at home and, in the end, insisted that her husband kicks him out.
Paul Verlaine tried to attach the young poet to his acquaintances, but he was persecuted from everywhere. Arthur Rimbaud had a detrimental effect on Verlaine.
House of Knives - Director's Statement
When Verlaine moved to the side of homosexual love, the images of Minerva and Venus immediately disappeared from his poems. Moreover, Verlaine began to get drunk on a daily basis to unconsciousness. The poet preferred absinth. The poet used to be very aggressive when drunk. Paul Verlaine began to beat his wife, but every time after the fights he begged forgiveness from Matilda.
One day he almost provoked a miscarriage. In the end, she could not stand it and applied for a divorce. In the passionate relationship of the two poets, aggression was constantly present. Once, Arthur wounded Paul with a knife in the thigh and arm. He did not report it to the police.