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The Proust Screenplay: a la Recherche du Temps Perdu Paperback – April 5, 2000
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The screenplay covers all of the Recherche, Pinter rejected any attempt to select one or two volumes as the center. The dramatic arc is twofold: on one hand the narrator moves toward disillusion in his personal life, but on the other hand all that has been lost (ultimately Time itself) is regained and then preserved permanently in the narrator's writing. The screenplay consists of 455 scenes, and just to give an idea of how compressed the narrative must be, the entire opening of "A la cote du chez Swann" up to "Un Amour de Swann" is represented in just fifteen pages of sparse script. But even with such trims, it is said that a film resulting from the screenplay would be about five hours long.
The action shifts among eras from scene to scene. Marcel sees M. Vinteuil's daughter and her lover in 1893, and in the next scene Albertine is telling him in 1901 of her esteem for the couple. Many scenes are single images. Scenes 134 and 135 are only of Saint-Loup looking at a photograph, 136 is only of an empty dining room in a hotel, and then 137 is of a band of girls on a cliff top in Balbec. However, there is a considerable amount of substantial dialogue here, especially in the tortured relationship of Marcel and Albertine.Read more ›
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Everyone knows that Harold Pinter is an excellent playwright, but I believe that this Proust screenplay is truly remarkable. Read morePublished on April 16, 2013 by William K. Dearth
The Proust Screenplay is an imaginative and entertaining read that can be enjoyed whether or not you have traversed the pages from Swann's Way to Time Regained. Read morePublished on October 10, 2008 by S. Lipton