Many filmmakers have attempted to bring Marcel Proust's monumental novel REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST to the screen and failed. With the Palme D'Or nominated TIME REGAINED, based largely on the final volume, Chilean director Raoul Ruiz accomplished the seemingly impossible, a highly successful adaptation which captured the essence of the work as never before. Opening with Proust dictating his memoirs as he lies on his deathbed, fragments of his life are recalled and presented with dreamlike complexity. Against a backdrop of lavish French high society in the early 20th century, the author recalls past loves, hopes, successes and failures, reality merging with fiction as memories are awakened. With an incredible cast led by Emmanuelle Beart, Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich and Vincent Perez, TIME REGAINED is a remarkable cinematic achievement that won widespread appeal.
Translating Marcel Proust's vast 12-volume novel A la recherché du temps perdu
(Rembrance of Things Past
) to the screen was never going to be a pushover, and several distinguished film-makers have tried and failed. It fell to the veteran Chilean-born director Ral Ruiz to bring it off better than anyone had a right to expect. Ruiz adopts the strategy of taking as his framework Proust's final volume, in which all the strands of the towering masterpiece are pulled together. Into this autumnal narrative the film weaves intricate flashbacks to events from the earlier volumes, revealing the workings of time itself. Rich and complex, Time Regained
presents a sweeping panorama of early 20th century French high society, portrayed with all Proust's ambivalent mixture of mockery and snobbish fascination, while the elegant pans and slow tracking shots mirror his serpentine prose. A matchless cast of actors (Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Béart, John Malkovich) give utterly stylish performances. The film is superbly mounted and visually ravishing, though those not familiar with the original may occasionally feel a little confused. --Philip Kemp
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