Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Time Regained

"In 1999, filmmaker Raoul Ruiz, took on what might be the hardest literary adaptation of all time (with the possible exceptions of the Bible or the phone book) when he filmed Time Regained, the final volume of Proust's In Search of Lost Time. The film is an elegant success, poetic throughout, and for today's episode of Cinema Poetry, I give you its final scene. The first person you see is Marcel, the narrator and Proust's self in the story. The child is also Marcel. This should be all you really need to know; there are no spoilers, and the rest is mysterious and wonderful whether you've seen the film or not. Enjoy how Ruiz adapted his style to Proust's prose, from the muted cinematography, the long takes, and the wonderful use ofmusic, to the reflexivity and the free mixing of realism and surrealism, memory, fantasy, and reality. Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Beart, John Malkovich, and suspiciously shifting sets may not be present in this clip, but they should be reason enough to watch the rest of the movie."

"The final installment of Marcel Proust's multi-volume Rememberance of Things Past. Time memory and the blending of reality and fiction combine to create an unforgettable cinematic experience as proust looks back on his life from his deathbed."

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