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Marcel Proust's Time Regained (1999)

Le temps retrouvé, d'après l'oeuvre de Marcel Proust (original title)
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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:

Kino International

Country:

France | Italy | Portugal

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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The third time that Chiara Mastroianni has acted alongside her mother, Catherine Deneuve. See more »


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Le temps retrouvé (Vocalise)
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Performed by Natalie Dessay (soprano)
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i am a poster for this wonderful film.
29 June 2000 | by virgilxSee all my reviews

nothing could take the place of proust's terrific words, but i felt exhilaration through the whole film. like the comedy in proust's voluminous in search of lost time (as in his writing is so good you have to be joyous), the surrealism, images, direction, and overall focus of the film are great fun - the scene in the brothel where marcel searches for a chair to stand on is precious, as is the slippery audience of the violin and piano recital scene.

a couple of other comments without negating the masterpieceness of the film: acting wise, mazzarella looks like proust and doesn't say much, malkovich steals scenes, and deneuve, beart, perez, and the rest don't act as much as model seriously. except pascal's saint loup's discourse while devouring his dinner, another hoot.

secondly, this is a hell of a challenging film (i'm not fronting like i read proust extensively, i'm only up to within a budding grove). i didn't know what was going on and who was who thanks to time jumps, surrealism, subtitles, and the slew of characters. i enjoyed the film as wonderful filmmaking and comedy. repeated viewings might make things a little clearer. regardless, it's difficult and memorable.

one love to you all, thanks.


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