Le Temps retrouvé d'après l'œuvre de Marcel Proust (Die wiedergefundene Zeit), 1999, Raúl Ruiz

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Le Temps retrouvé d'après l'œuvre de Marcel Proust

November 26, 2022

On his deathbed, Marcel Proust (played by Marcello Mazzarella, spoken by Patrice Chéreau) dictates texts for his autobiographical cycle of novels In Search of Lost Time, takes out photos of old acquaintances and sinks into a world of memories: "One day," he recognizes, "everything changes." As if in search of this day, Raúl Ruiz dives with his protagonist into space and time, giving free reign to his surrealist tendencies: just as the phases of Proust's life blend together, the camera's choreography (Ricardo Aronovitch) transforms splendid rooms and people (select star cast: Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich, Emmanuelle Béart, Chiara Mastroianni, Ingrid Caven, and more). "Ruiz imagines Proust as though Proust were imagining a movie" (J. Hoberman). Less the adaptation of an "unadaptable" book than the virtuosic conversion of the modernist simultaneity of Proust's prose. A gem from our collection in memory of the 100th anniversary of Marcel Proust's death (10.7.1871–18.11.1922). (Christoph Huber / Translation: Ted Fendt)

In collaboration with the Institut français d'Autriche