Le Temps retrouvé

Le Temps retrouvé

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Le Temps retrouvé

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/27/2001
UPC: 0738329020026
Original Release: 1999
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Letterbox]
Time: 2:38:00
Sales rank: 49,525

Special Features

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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