with the last 100the anniversary of his death on November 18, everyone is talking about Proust! Do you remember Proust? French novelist, essayist and critic Marcel Proust (né Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust) who wrote the famous memory of things past (À la recherche du temps perduwhich lately in English bears the title In Search of Lost Time), a seven-volume novel set in the aristocratic classes of belle époque Paris. The entire book is between 3,200 and 4,300 pages, depending on the edition. The Vintage boxed game weighs in at 7.39 pounds!
The man widely considered to be one of the most influential writers of the 20th century.the century is probably best known for a cookie/cake:c’est vrai, a cookie! Ask most moderately educated/literary-minded adults (Generation X and up at least) what they know about Proust, and they’re likely to say something along the lines of, “Isn’t he the madeleine Type?”
At the beginning of his book, the protagonist, Marcel, takes a bite out of a madeleine— those fluffy yellow pancakes that, according to Proust, “seem molded into the ribbed scallop of a scallop shell” — drenched in tea, and the taste opens up a memory of his Aunt Leonie, who would feed him on Sunday mornings.” a crumb of madeleine… first dipping it into your own cup of real or lime tea.” He continues: “As soon as the warm liquid mixed with the crumbs touched my palate, a chill ran through me and I stopped, aware of the extraordinary thing that was happening to me”. Since then, the term “Proustian moment” has been used to describe when a sensory experience, especially a smell, triggers a forgotten memory of a particular time or place.
Though certainly worth reading À la recherche du temps perdu It is a huge and intimidating undertaking. I, for one, have been meaning to start reading it for the last thirty years! Fortunately, several directors have tried to adapt Proust’s masterpiece for the screen. There is consensus that no one has hit the mark yet. Three versions take just one volume, and a French television series attempted to include the entire plot, only to be criticized. My thought is this: With the seemingly endless demand for quality content on Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and the rest of the streaming gang, I’d love to see someone do Proust’s masterpiece justice.
it would BridgertonShonda Rhimes do with memory of things past? EITHER The crownIt’s Peter Morgan SuccessionIt’s Jesse Armstrong Emily in Paris’ darren star, or Call my agent!Is it Fanny Herrero? What twisted humor and insight could The White Lotus’ Will Mike White bring Proust?
For now, we can only imagine. And, this weekend, as we stuff our happy faces with Thanksgiving leftovers muffin—or, more likely, pumpkin pie—we could dive into one of the existing cinematic attempts to bring the refined and poetic world of the master of nostalgic deliciousness to the screen.
Swann in Love (1983) Directed by Volker Schlöndorff
In this adaptation of the first book, Swann’s Path, Charles Swann (Jeremy Irons), an eligible bachelor and perfect candidate for a beautiful heiress among the 1890s Parisian elite, instead falls for a beautiful courtesan, Odette de Crecy (Ornella Muti), who turns out to be social suicide. . The script is by the brilliant film and theater director Peter Brooks.
Stream Swann in Love on the Criterion Channel.
Time Recovered (1999) Directed by Raúl Ruiz
Chilean filmmaker Raúl Ruiz adapted only the final volume of Proust’s work. The story involves the narrator, Marcel (Marcello Mazzarella, voiced by Patrice Chéreau) reflecting on his past as he lies on his deathbed. The device allows the director to immerse himself in his favorite scenes from previous volumes. This is the most critically recognized adaptation, screened at Cannes and features an all-star cast including Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Béart, Vincent Perez, John Malkovich and Pascal Greggory.
Rental time recovered on Amazon Prime.
The Captive (2000) Directed by Chantal Akerman
Chantal Akerman transforms the fifth volume, the prisoner, in a story of voyeurism, control and sexual obsession. Simon, a neurotic young man (Stanislas Merhar) lives in a meandering apartment with his sick grandmother, a family maid and his passive mistress (Sylvie Testud), the object of his insatiable desire and obsessive jealousy. He stalks her, spies on her, and becomes convinced that she is involved in a lesbian relationship. The couple is, in fact, trapped in a cycle of longing and obsession that can only lead to self-destruction.
Watch the trailer here.
Stream The Captive on the Criterion channel.
À la recherche due temps perdu (2011) Directed by Nina Companeez
This two-part television series attempted to adapt the entire novel, with the exception of the first volume, Swann’s Path. Reviews were mixed, with many questioning the wisdom of assuming the enormity of the entire novel. how you describe it The Guardianby Peter Bradshaw, “it all comes down to two feature-length episodes; It whizzes by like a breezy day soap. The first and most famous volume, Swann’s Path, is truncated almost to nothing, Swann himself, the esthete and collector whose life and obsessive love make such an impression on Marcel, and whose Judaism is at the center of Proust’s remarks on anti-Semitism and the Dreyfus affair, is reduced to a cameo. His lover-turned-wife, Odette, disappears from the story entirely.” Other critics praised the accessibility of the script, the lavish production design, and the performances that included Micha Lescot, Didier Sandre, and Dominique Blanc.
Transmit A la recherche du temps perdu en arte Boutique.
Andrea Meyer has written creative treatments for commercial directors, a sex and movie column for IFC, and a horror script for MGM. Her first novel room for love (St. Martin’s Press) is a romantic comedy based on an article she wrote for the New York Post, in which she pretended to find a roommate as a ploy to meet men. A longtime film and entertainment journalist and former editor at indieWIRE, Andrea has interviewed more actors and directors than she can remember. Her articles and essays have appeared in publications such as Elle, Glamour, Variety, Time Out NY, and the Boston Globe.