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Marcel Proust's Time Regained (1999)

Le temps retrouvé, d'après l'oeuvre de Marcel Proust (original title)
A lush, elegant epic taking us on a time-swirling trip down the infinitely complex labyrinth that is Marcel Proust's memory lane.

Director:

Raoul Ruiz

Writers:

Marcel Proust (novel), Gilles Taurand (scenario) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Deneuve ... Odette de Crecy
Emmanuelle Béart ... Gilberte
Vincent Perez ... Morel
John Malkovich ... Le Baron de Charlus
Pascal Greggory Pascal Greggory ... Saint-Loup
Marcello Mazzarella ... Marcel Proust
Marie-France Pisier ... Madame Verdurin
Chiara Mastroianni ... Albertine
Arielle Dombasle ... Madame de Farcy
Edith Scob ... Oriane de Guermantes
Elsa Zylberstein ... Rachel
Christian Vadim ... Bloch
Dominique Labourier ... Madame Cottard
Philippe Morier-Genoud Philippe Morier-Genoud ... Monsieur Cottard
Melvil Poupaud ... Le Prince de Foix
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Storyline

Marcel Proust (1871-1922) is on his deathbed. Looking at photographs brings memories of his childhood, his youth, his lovers, and the way the Great War put an end to a stratum of society. His memories are in no particular order, they move back and forth in time. Marcel at various ages interacts with Odette, with the beautiful Gilberte and her doomed husband, with the pleasure-seeking Baron de Charlus, with Marcel's lover Albertine, and with others; present also in memory are Marcel's beloved mother and grandmother. It seems as if to live is to remember and to capture memories is to create a work of great art. The memories parallel the final volume of Proust's novel. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Official Sites:

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Language:

French

Release Date:

19 May 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF 65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,413, 18 June 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$461,493, 17 December 2000
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Le temps retrouvé (Vocalise)
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Read the books first....
30 December 2011 | by CultureVulture49See all my reviews

My wife who read Proust's works in French liked this movie. I haven't read any Proust so I was completely lost and gave up after the first hour watching the DVD. I got tired of bothering her to ask who was who and what was happening but I kept wandering back to the TV to catch parts of it. I don't recommend this film to anyone unfamiliar with the novels. Characters and events move back & forth in time and if that's not confusing enough, sometimes they appear in the past and present at the same time. She later admitted she lost interest at times and fought off dozing due to the slow pageant-like pacing. This is a demanding film that requires your absolute attention, preferably when you're not tired.

I firmly believe the French make the best costume films and this film is a perfect example. Although the handsome period sets and costumes are finely detailed, they are marred by the too dark photography during the indoor scenes. To make matters worse, the white subtitles are hard to read at times because the letters lack black borders making them impossible to read against white or light backgrounds.

The actors seemed good matches for their characters but listening to John Malkovich speak drawling phonetic French is bizarre if not funny.

Film adapted from novels should stand on their own without the viewer having to read the novel beforehand in order to follow it. 'Time Regained' is probably the best example of not being able to follow a film based on a novel, or to make it worse, several novels.

For Proust fans ONLY and those fluent in French due to the bad subtitling.


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