DVD Time Regained [DVD] [Widescreen] [2001] [Multilingual] [Region 0] (DVD 48198),
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Time Regained [DVD] [Widescreen] [2001] [Multilingual] [Region 0]

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  • In 1922 France, the writer Marcel Proust is on his deathbed, scenes from the past flashing before his eyes. But what he is remembering is not his own life; he has become the narrator in a past filled with the characters and places of his fictional world. Director and cowriter Raoul Ruiz has fashioned a multilayered, complex, nonlinear examination of a writer who found more fulfillment in literature than in life. The author of the staggering landmark work REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST, Proust was not a literary success in his lifetime; thus, as he is dying, he looks back not on his own life but the marvelous, exciting life of his characters as they wander through the upper echelons of Parisian social and literary circles. This extended roman-a-clef world that Proust built, based on composites of real people, is rife with complicated family relationships, betrayals, and secret romances amid a fin de siecle aestheticism. Ruiz holds nothing back in interpreting a book that is notoriously difficult to film--as the narrator Marcel wanders through this fictional world, actions repeat, characters come to full stops or float effortlessly in the background, set designs change as the camera sweeps back and forth across rooms, and scenes come and go out of linear sequence. The acting, featuring John Malkovich, Catherine Deneuve, Vincent Perez, Marcello Mazzarella, and Emmanuelle Beart, is as complex and fascinating as the rest of this stunning adaptation.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 02002

  • Credits
    Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Dorlac, Emmanuelle Beart, Vincent Perez, John Malkovich, Chiara Mastroianni, Pascal Greggory, Marcello Mazzarella
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Ruiz has approached that literarary Godzilla, Marcel Proust's REMEMBERANCE OF THINGS PAST, from the most challenging vantage point possible..."
    New York Times

    "...Visually spectacular....Ravishing....TIME REGAINED is a tour de force, gorgeous yet stark..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...A poignant and fascinating meditation on the changes brought about by the passage of time. The film ends with scenes of haunting beauty..."
    Box Office

    "...Anchored by a faultless, award-winning portrayal by Ahangarani in a most demanding role....[The] film is yet another reason why Iranian cinema is among the most vital and challenging in the world today..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Impeccably filmed....The eternally glowing Beart and Catherine Deneuve make for lovely pieces de resistance..."
    Entertainment Weekly

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