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  • Actors: Eva Mattes, Jürgen Arndt, Norbert Wartha, Wolf Euba, Joseph Manoth
  • Directors: Percy Adlon
  • Writers: Percy Adlon, Celeste Albaret
  • Producers: Percy Adlon, Benigna von Keyserlingk
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Subtitles: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: New Yorker Video
  • VHS Release Date: January 1, 1998
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302041228
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,463 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Eccentric French author Marcel Proust is remembered by Celeste Albaret, the woman who spent nine years of her youth attending to his practical and his neurotic needs.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alfredo R. Villanueva on January 10, 2008
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I FIRST SAW THIS FILM ON THE BIG SCREEN, AND IN THE DARKNESS SCRIBBLED SOME OF ITS LINES ON A PIECE OF PAPER, TO USE LATER IN A POEM ABOUT THE PROTAGONISTS. I BECAME SO OBSESSED WITH IT THAT A FRIEND BROUGHT IT TO ME FROM MEXICO. IT IS ONE OF THE GREATEST FILMS OF ALL TIME, BUT UNFORTUNATELY IT NEVER HAS MADE IT INTO DVD FORMAT. I CANNOT RECOMMEND IT TOO HIGHLY. MY FAVORITE LINE; WHEN PROUST LOCKS HIMSELF FOR A WEEK IN HIS ROOM WHILE CELESTE KEEPS WATCH OUTSIDE. WHEN HE COMES OUT, SHE SHAKES HIM UP WHILE ASKING AT THE TOP OF HER LUNGS WHY HE HAD DONE THAT TO HER. AND HE ANSWERS: "I JUST WANTED TO KNOW WHAT DEATH FELT LIKE".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Am Johnston on June 25, 2006
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This is an evocative and absorbing account of the claustrophobic relationship between Proust and his housekeeper, Celeste. A film not to be missed. One of Adlon's best.
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Another five-star review. This film is based closely on the memoir by Celeste Albaret of her time working for Proust. The book is extremely moving, and so is the film. It is visually marvellous, even though almost all the action is confined to one apartment. (There are a few shots of her home village.) If Vermeer had been a film-maker, this is probably what would have resulted: a sense of quiet, of dignity, with nothing overstated because Adlon clearly trusts his audience. The acting, is superb. What amazes me is that there is STILL no DVD of this film. I have a home-made DVD taken from a rather worn print, and I can only imagine how much better the film wold look if transferred properly.
I should be sending anonymous, threatening letters to whoever is responsible for this oversight. Luckily for them, I don't know who they are, so can only address this respectful plea. Even someone who knew nothing about Proust would, I think, react as I do to the film. Proustians - all of them - really ought to take a little time off re-reading the Master in order to see this homage to two quite astonishing people.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 2000
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Slow-moving but stunningly photographed and detailed account of the relationship between Marcel Proust (Arndt) and his devoted housekeeper (Mattes). Based on the real Celeste's memoirs.
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