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Temps retrouvé

Le Temps retrouvé

Director: Raúl Ruiz

Cast: Marcelo Mazzarella, Emmanuelle Béart, Vincent Perez


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An ambitious project of Chile-born, Paris-based Raul Ruiz, this psychological drama brings to the screen the famous classic of Marcel Proust with fidelity to its interior monologues and streams of consciousness. Proust (Marcello Mazzarella), on his deathbed in his small apartment on Rue Hamelin, is looking through old photos and remembering his life, as real


An ambitious project of Chile-born, Paris-based Raul Ruiz, this psychological drama brings to the screen the famous classic of Marcel Proust with fidelity to its interior monologues and streams of consciousness. Proust (Marcello Mazzarella), on his deathbed in his small apartment on Rue Hamelin, is looking through old photos and remembering his life, as real characters intermingle with fictional ones from his novels. The period is 1914-18, when WWI is raging. Hidden in Paris, thanks to his asthma, Marcel Proust wanders into the night. He finds an aging courtesan in Café de la Paix, which is deserted by the curfew. Charlus, the seducer of young boys, is at the Palais des Felicites where he meets his lovers. Gilberte returns alone to Tansonville to evade the confiscation of her chateau by the Germans after the death of her husband at the front. Famous violinist Morel is hiding in a decrepit hotel. The demoralizing effects of war affect all the characters, hastening their decadence or transforming them into caricatures. In the whirlpool of the grotesque specter of war, Marcel finds refuge in his childhood memories to escape the atrocities around him. Death and decadence, the evanescence of human existence, and the relations between space and time are some of the main themes explored in this film, which reflects the works of Marcel Proust in every detail. Raul Ruiz has on his side a very good screenwriter, Gilles Taurand, and an impressive cast: Catherine Deneuve and John Malkovich, who have collaborated with Ruiz before, Emanuelle Béart, Vincent Pérez, Pascal Greggory, and the Italian man of theatre, Marcello Mazzarella. Shown in competition at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.

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Director Raoul Ruiz's much-anticipated Proust adaptation -- scored as a series of parties involving a virtual who's who of noted international actors (Catherine Deneuve, her daughter Chiara Mastroianni, Vincent Perez, Emmanuelle Béart, and a felicitous John Malkovich) -- is one of the great art house jackpots of last year. As the first part of ambitious producer Paolo Branco's project to film every volume of Marcel Proust's mammoth, surging memory novel, In Search of Lost Time (a.k.a. Rememberance of Things Past), Time Regained starts -- strangely enough -- with the book's last part. Fortunately Ruiz wields exactly the right right chops for the job. A Parisian-based Chilean who's made around 150 films all over the world, Ruiz's work on Time Regained crosses over into the mainstream that he'd flirted with in his original, playful movies Shattered Image and Geneologies of a Crime. Nothing he'd done in those films could have prepared viewers for the astonishing scope of this offbeat vision, a movie where a breathless deathbed reminiscence might open up a world of time-space possibilities, where memory morphs into reverie or dreams continually slide into reality. Deftly woven throughout Time Regained is Marcel himself (Marcello Mazarella), whose mind's eye shuffles through different eras, lives, and recollections. As J. Hoberman wrote in the Village Voice, "...Ruiz has made a film about the novel -- it is a meditation on, rather than a copy of, the original. Ruiz imagines Proust as thought Proust were imagining a movie." The result is both eccentric and accomplished.
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As Time Regained rolled out to theaters, two schools of thought emerged, one arguing that it would be best enjoyed by those with no knowledge of Marcel Proust the other holding that only Proust scholars could possibly appreciate it. Chances are that Proust scholars will find in it only a different variety of inscrutability than neophytes. There's really no translating Proust, and if there were, most would not do so by jumping into the final volume of Remembrance of Things Past, but with Time Regained, director Raúl Ruiz turns just about every disadvantage to his favor. Structured, more or less, as the thoughts of a dying Proust as he attempts to finish the final volume of his magnum opus, the film takes on the quality of a dream, or, more appropriately, an imperfect memory. If sorting out the characters in terms of Proust's work requires prior knowledge, sorting them out in terms of the structure of the film does not. What each means to the film's protagonist is made as clear as it needs to be. Ruiz sustains the dreamlike tone through surreal asides and striking cinematography (courtesy of Ricardo Aronovich) and by continually undermining viewers' sense of time. In the process, he gets at some Proustian notions in a way a more conventional film could not, particularly the sense of "extra-temporality" created by memory and the notion that some events have more significance as memory or as art than they do in themselves, if it's even possible to talk about events in themselves. It can be a bit overwhelming at times, and the actor dubbing John Malkovich's voice gets no points for authenticity, but as a singular cinematic experience, Time Regained offers quite a bit in return for patience.

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Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marcelo Mazzarella Narrator
Emmanuelle Béart Gilberte
Vincent Perez Morel
John Malkovich Baron de Charlus
Pascal Greggory Saint-Loup
Catherine Deneuve Odette
Marie-France Pisier Madam Verdurin
Chiara Mastroianni Albertine
Christian Vadim Bloch
Edith Scob Actor
Elsa Zylberstein Actor
Arielle Dombasle Madame De Farch
Dominique Labourier Actor
Philippe Morier-Genoud Actor
Melvil Poupaud Actor
Mathilde Seigner Celeste
Jacques Peiller Actor
Hélène Surgère Actor
André Engel Actor
Georges Du Fresne Actor
Monique Melinand Actor
Laurence Fevrier Actor
Jean-François Balmer Actor

Technical Credits
Raúl Ruiz Director,Screenwriter
Ricardo Aronovich Cinematographer
Jorge Arriagada Score Composer
Antoine Beau Asst. Director
Paulo Branco Producer
Denise de Casabianca Editor
Caroline de Vivaise Costumes/Costume Designer
Massimo Ferrero Associate Producer
Philippe Morel Sound/Sound Designer
Leo Pescarolo Associate Producer
Gabriella Pescucci Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Rousseau Casting
Gilles Taurand Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. The Frivolity Of The Dying [6:42]
2. A View Of Remembrance [8:13]
3. "Heartbreak...Can Kill..." [7:38]
4. Infidelities [6:46]
5. Gilberte's Broken Cup [5:08]
6. X-Raying The Guests [6:28]
7. War Party [6:55]
8. Charlus Is Found [8:01]
9. "The Worst Is Always Unexpected." [6:50]
10. Privileged Dandies [6:18]
11. A Few Chance Encounters [7:24]
12. What A Masochist Wants [8:07]
13. Morel In Hiding [6:24]
14. Saint-Loup Remembered [7:48]
15. "The Baron Wants To See You." [6:37]
16. Being Extra-Temporal [9:22]
17. Marcel, The Social Butterfly [6:53]
18. Parallels [7:26]
19. Musical Chairs [3:31]
20. The Social Butterfly, Part II [8:10]
21. Odette's Party Sense [8:18]
22. "I've Already Died Several Times." [6:16]
23. Time Regained [3:47]
24. Final Credits [3:32]


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