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  • Actors: John Malkovich, Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Beart, Vincent Perez
  • Directors: Raoul Ruiz
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Second Sight
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Sept. 2009
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002GT2PCY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,508 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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75 of 80 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jan. 2004
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Well, I had only ever heard of Proust before this film from a Monty Python sketch of the "Summarise Proust competition" (contestants had to summarise In Search of Lost Time once in evening wear and once in bathing suit). I was worried I might hate this film, not knowing anything about Proust other than he wrote a multi-volumed masterwork about time and memory. Then I saw it...wow! I cannot praise Mr Ruiz enough for what he has achieved. The camera work, sets, and lighting are stunning. As Marcel's memory takes him back and forth through his life, the sets and furniture often move around whilst the scene is played out - all emphasising the fragility and hallucinatory qualities of his memory. And there is the music...wow again. It is never intrusive but always creates the perfect background to what is happening on screen. It is not overly sentimental and never tries to force you into feeling emotion (unlike someone like John Williams/S. Spielberg who tries to ram it down your throat). As for plot, many characters and relationships are never fully explained or revealed. Many reviewers seem offended that a film expects them to display attention and interest, but I feel that they're missing the point. Plot is often not the point of the film, instead it is a film about time and memory (hence the title!). Plot is not allowed to dominate the narrative structure, it is the emotions and memory of Marcel. The most offensive thing that some other reviewers seem to find about this film is that it is novel and original - what a crime!! I had never read Proust before I saw this film, but I have a long enough attention span and an open enough mind to appreciate the sheer beauty of its images and the wonderful originality of its style. I urge anyone remotely appreciative of excellent filmmaking to see this film.Read more ›
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Kendall on 6 Sept. 2003
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Suffice it to say that Chilean-born director/screenwriter Ruiz tackled a monumental assignment. Reducing Proust's lengthy magnum opus (Remembrance of Things Past), to a few hours of screen time would have been beyond the capabilities of most filmmakers. That he has succeeded so well is a great credit to him and to his creative crew.
The film is told in a series of flashbacks as Proust lies on his deathbed. The flashbacks are not sequential, so at points one has to pay attention to follow along. The rewards are numerous, however. This is one of the most beautifully filmed works that I've seen in ages. The director is particularly adept at pan-shots. The moving tableaux are breathtaking, like living impressionist paintings. This is particularly true in a scene of a music recital at a country chateau. The various figures are situated on moving platforms, so in addition to the moving camera pans, the platforms also slide slowly back and forth, which makes for a kaleidescopic montage unlike anything I've seen in cinema. Ruiz and cinematographer Jorge Arriagada are artists in the truest sense.
Ruiz also managed to collect a top notch cast for the enterprise. Marcello Mazzarella is elegantly stoic as Proust. He is the artistic, calm eye of the storm as the hurricane of WWI France swirls aound him. Emmanuelle B?art, is stunningly beautiful, as always. Catherine Deneuve is a perfectly cast Mme De Crecy, though her on screen time is relatively brief. John Malkovich's French sounds pretty fair to my untrained ear. He definitely has the juiciest role as a jaded, decadent Baron of the Boulevard. Pascal Greggory chews up some scenery, as well as a boefsteak, as the gung ho, effete warrior, St-Loup (well named, as the guy really is quite loopy).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sindri on 15 May 2012
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Chilean screenwriter, producer, teacher and director Raúl Ruiz` 51st feature film which he co-wrote with French screenwriter Gilles Taurand is an adaptation of the seventh and final volume of the novel "Remembrance of Things Past" by French author, essayist and critic Marcel Proust (1871-1922), which was published between 1913 and 1927. It premiered In competition at the 52nd Cannes Film Festival in 1999, was shot on location in Paris, France and is a France-Italy-Portugal co-production which was produced by Portuguese producer Paulo Branco. It tells the story about an anonymous man whom whilst on his deathbed in the home of his friend Gilberte, begins to think about the time when he had just been released from a sanatorium and was a young aspiring writer during the First World War in Paris, France.

Distinctly and precisely directed by filmmaker Raúl Ruiz (1941-2011), this quiet and somewhat surreal period piece which is narrated by French producer, actor and filmmaker Patrice Chéreau and from multiple viewpoints, draws a reflective and incisive portrayal of an early 20th century writer`s internal odyssey through his memories during the last hours before his death. While notable for its colorful milieu depictions, the exquisite production design by production designer Bruno Beaugé, cinematography by Argentine cinematographer Ricardo Aranovich, costume design by French costume designer Caroline de Vivaise and Italian costume designer Gabriella Pescucci and the fine film editing by French film editor Denise de Casabianca, this dialog-driven and at times humorous story, depicts an insightful study of character and contains a great and timely score by composer Jorge Arrigada.
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