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Time Regained (1999)

Catherine Deneuve , Emmanuelle Béart , Raoul Ruiz  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Béart, Vincent Perez, John Malkovich, Pascal Greggory
  • Directors: Raoul Ruiz
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kino Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2001
  • Run Time: 169 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000584ZF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,193 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Time Regained" on IMDb

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An Official Selection at both the Cannes and New York Film Festivals, Raoul Ruiz's Time Regained performs the remarkable feat of bringing the work of Marcel Proust to the screen. With brilliant execution, Time Regained realizes the mixture of space and time, of image and memory, which flows throughout Proust's multi-volume "Remembrance of Things Past." Aided by an outstanding cast of international film stars, including Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich, Emmanuelle Beart, and Vincent Perez, Ruiz has made a glowing reverie on a passing age that both overwhelms and entertains.Time Regained (the title of Marcel Proust's last volume) opens in 1922, as Proust is on his deathbed, looking through photos and remembering his life. Gradually, we watch as his own experiences give way to the characters in his novel -- fiction eclipses reality. Ruiz, with incredible visual dexterity, shows how the author's creations combine with his own experiences, like slides projected on to the wall of his room. Memories of the idyllic days of the lost paradise that was Proust's childhood alternate with rich recollections of his life in fin de siecle Parisian society. The drama of the Great War, examined in the context of spectacular soirees and grand parties, becomes in Ruiz's hands an elaborate comedy of manners. In Time Regained, Ruiz discovers the impossible--the intangible timelessness that was the object of Proust's novels, blending both the baroque and the surreal. The result is a montage of moving snapshots and feverish dreams that makes the film the ultimate in Proustian cinema, succeeding magnificently where other adaptations of his work have failed. Enriched by stellar performances, Time Regained is a "gorgeous, meticulously crafted spectacle" (Jack Matthews, NY Daily News) that is presented here for the first time, in letterboxed format.

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, Not So Great DVD April 4, 2001
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Format:DVD
I have been a fan of Proust's novel for a long time, and I eagerly awaited this movie, having read articles about its making and, later, reviews of it. Yet I managed to miss it during the, oh, three days it played in the theater here. So I ordered the DVD the minute it became available, and I had two reactions: 1) For the Proust devotee, this is an amazing, beautiful film, probably the best that ever could be done in capturing the complexity and haunting quality of the novels. But 2) The DVD is a real disappointment: the subtitles obscure the image itself (instead of appearing below it), and they're white, set against what often is a dazzlingly white background. And of course you can't turn them off. So you can't get rid of the damn things, and you can't read them either. The image itself (the parts you can see) is pristine and gorgeous, and the sound is superb. And the movie itself--well, it's a masterpiece. Will you be able to follow it if you haven't read the books? I think so--parts will seem enigmatic, but then that's not such a bad thing. The overall story and point will, I think, be quite clear, and quite moving.
Incidentally, I agree with the reviewer who said Malkovich is miscast. I love his work in general, but he seems out of place here, and it's all too clear that he had to re-loop much of his French dialogue. Still, the role he plays, and the way the director defined that role, are so interesting that you can overlook his performance somewhat.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a MUST for lovers of the book. February 16, 2001
Format:DVD
Ruiz's version of Proust's monumental work probably comes as close to a faithful interpretation of the spirit of the original work as a film can get. While the movie focuses on the last volume of the novel, key elements of the whole are interwoven throughout, to brilliant effect. Ruiz's surrealistic touches are at times so achingly beautiful that it takes your breath away. Ruiz made some interesting (and brave) choices regarding the plot: Swann and Albertine are jettisoned entirely, and believe it or not, it still works. The casting is uncannily on the money, with the one exception of John Malkovitch as Charlus, who appears not to have the foggiest conception of the character as written by Proust. If you haven't guessed already, this film will be tough going for those unfamiliar with the book. For Proustians: an unmitigated feast.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Proustian Masterpiece March 30, 2001
Format:DVD
This is a beautiful transfer to DVD of a superbly photographed, colorful film that recreates the French milieux of the early twentieth century beautifully, and plays with time in a very Proustian way. I agree with your reviewer that the cast, except for John Malkovich, who is completely miscast as the aristocratic Charlus, is excellent. However, there a major drawback to this DVD: The subtitles cannot be turned off, which, if you know French and want to watch the film without them, is a great pity. Also, it must be pointed out (again, as your reviewer did) that the film, gorgeous and atmospheric as it is, is wonderful if you know Proust's book, but could be rather confusing if you don't. Worth investigating nonetheless.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proust, Captured on Film July 30, 2003
Format:DVD
Suffice it to say that Chilean-born director/screenwriter Ruiz tackled a monumental assignment. Reducing Proust's lengthy Trilogy (Remembrance of Things Past), to a few hours of screen time would have been beyond the capabilities of most filmmakers. That he has succeeded so well is a great credit to him and to his creative crew.
The film is told in a series of flashbacks as Proust lies on his deathbed. The flashbacks are not sequential, so at points one has to pay attention to follow along. The rewards are numerous, however. This is one of the most beautifully filmed works that I've seen in ages. The director is particularly adept at pan-shots. The moving tableaux are breathtaking, like living impressionist paintings. This is particularly true in a scene of a music recital at a country chateau. The various figures are situated on moving platforms, so in addition to the moving camera pans, the platforms also slide slowly back and forth, which makes for a kaleidescopic montage unlike anything I've seen in cinema. Ruiz and cinematographer Jorge Arriagada are artists in the truest sense.
Ruiz also managed to collect a top notch cast for the enterprise. Marcello Mazzarella is elegantly stoic as Proust. He is the artistic, calm eye of the storm as the hurricane of WWI France swirls aound him. Emmanuelle Béart, is stunningly beautiful, as always. Catherine Deneuve is a perfectly cast Mme De Crecy, though her on screen time is relatively brief. John Malkovich's French sounds pretty fair to my untrained ear. He definitely has the juiciest role as a jaded, decadent Baron of the Boulevard. Pascal Greggory chews up some scenery, as well as a boefsteak, as the gung ho, effete warrior, St-Loup (well named, as the guy really is quite loopy).
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Adaptation of a Daunting Masterpiece January 16, 2003
Format:DVD
Adapting Marcel Proust for the screen must be one of the most dangerous things a writer/director can try to accomplish. How can you introduce one character or incident without having to introduce them all? That's the wonder of Proust's work: the meaning of one tiny incident is dependent upon the other incidents, what came before, and what Proust will show follows from it.
That said, this is a remarkable attempt at capturing the spirit and main idea of "Recapturing Lost Time." All the main characters are here but for Swann, who I suppose "appears" in spirit during the performance of Vinteuil's sonata which causes Marcel to break down in tears at the concluding party (this piece of music was the "intermediary" between Swann and Odette de Crecy (Deneuve); its "little phrase" helped him fall in love with her--and thus helped produced their daughter Gilberte (Beart), Marcel's first love when he was a teenager). Swann's love affair with Odette was a model for Marcel's conception of love--of which we get a taste with the one scene featuring Albertine, whom he tried to eventually imprison & smother in the same way as Swann did with Odette, but with tragic result.
Ruiz chose the right manner to portray Proust's idea--shifts in time, multiple realities co-existing in the same frame. It can be bewildering to those unfamiliar with the work, but the acting, set & costume design are all just great, and the piece of music chosen to represent Vinteuil's sonata exactly right (unlike the piece of proto-serialism used in "Swann in Love").
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1.0 out of 5 stars Time in a Boring Bottle
This film at best, is nothing but amateurish detritus which not only bores the viewer but makes him contemptuously dislike all forms of snobbery or upper middle class... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bartok Kinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to believe he could film Proust so well.
Spectacular movie that makes a wonderful introduction to Proust. Contains enough prurience to hold the attention of a pop audience, although that sort of may be disoriented by... Read more
Published 5 months ago by L. Allis
1.0 out of 5 stars welcome to the moronic inferno
It is impossible that Raul Ruiz OR his screenwriter read the book. What we see here is a crass depressing mishmash which totally lacks any relevance to Proust .
Published 6 months ago by gail weller
2.0 out of 5 stars Time Regurgitated
I suspect there is a certain "snob appeal" of being able to say you read a 3,000 page novel in a crowd of literary people, though I'm sure some honestly admire or even relish it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by mr. critic
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film for Proust fans
If you don't know the novel(s) you'll be completely confused (though you could still enjoy the fabulous sets and costumes and the impressive cast), but if you love A la recherche,... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Patricia Lothrop
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sumptuous Feast!!
Time Regained is nothing less than a feast for both the mind and the senses. First, know that if you have not already read A la recherché du temps perdu, you will not... Read more
Published 16 months ago by JT, too.
3.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic movie, horrible DVD edition
This is a fantastic film, that I highly recommend to any Proust fan. People unfamiliar with the books, won't understand much at first, as all the characters are introduced as... Read more
Published 17 months ago by MagnusN
1.0 out of 5 stars A vast bore, a picture of a degenerate society
A bunch of social parasites feed and drink and dawdle while others less lucky are at the front fighting the Germans. Read more
Published on February 24, 2012 by rwx
2.0 out of 5 stars Read the novels first...
My wife who read Proust's works in French liked this movie. I haven't read any Proust so I was completely lost and gave up after the first hour. Read more
Published on December 30, 2011 by John C
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're unfamiliar with the novel, the film might present...
One of the longest novels in the history of the planet (3,000+ pages) is Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time: Proust 6-pack (Proust Complete). Read more
Published on April 4, 2011 by Patrick W. Crabtree
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