Screen Two: Season 7, Episode 5

102 Boulevard Haussmann (17 Feb. 1991)

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In 1916 author Marcel Proust is leading a reclusive life in Paris. He hires a quartet of musicians and befriends one of them, a wounded serviceman.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Amable Massis
Gillian Martell ...
Philip Rham ...
Gaston Poulet
Michael Wilcox ...
Victor Gentil
Peter Geeves ...
Louis Ruyssen
Philip McGough ...
Dr. Bize
Madame Massis
Michael Grandage ...
Lesley Nightingale ...
Princess Soutzo
Richard Syms ...
Head waiter
Ben Buckton ...
Petain (as Benjamin Buckton)


In 1916 author Marcel Proust is leading a reclusive life in Paris. He hires a quartet of musicians and befriends one of them, a wounded serviceman.

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Marcel Proust: I apologize for the lift. It dates from the period before lifts were invented.
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Piano Quartet No.1 In C Minor, Op.15
Music by Gabriel Fauré
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Strong performances, a quiet, subtle script
17 February 2013 | by (US) – See all my reviews

A terrific, performance by Alan Bates and strong supporting ones by Janet McTeer and Paul Rhys anchor this quiet, understated study of a few months in the life of writer Marcel Proust during WW I.

This Proust is fragile and eccentric, ironically seemingly blithely disconnected from the sufferings of those around him, while at the same time writing his works of insight into the human mind and heart. Yet, as the film goes on, we become more aware that Proust's seeming lack of empathy is as much a defense mechanism against his own sadness and loneliness as they are an unintentional cruel streak.

The piece is by nature a bit chilly, and the emotions to be found are of the quiet, subtle variety. Yet there is also something haunting about it in the end. It's one of those pieces that's lingered in my mind more strongly and positively than I would have expected based on my more mixed reaction while watching it.

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