Marcel Proust (1871-1922) is on his deathbed. Looking at photographs brings memories of his childhood, his youth, his lovers, and the way the Great War put an end to a stratum of society. His memories are in no particular order, they move back and forth in time. Marcel at various ages interacts with Odette, with the beautiful Gilberte and her doomed husband, with the pleasure-seeking Baron de Charlus, with Marcel’s lover Albertine, and with others; present also in memory are Marcel’s beloved mother and grandmother. It seems as if to live is to remember and to capture memories is to create a work of great art. The memories parallel the final volume of Proust’s novel. –IMDb
Chilean filmmaker Raúl, or Raoul, Ruiz (1941-2011) was one of the most exciting and innovative filmmakers to emerge from 1960s World Cinema, providing more intellectual fun and artistic experimentation, shot for shot, than any filmmaker since Jean-Luc Godard. A guerrilla who uncompromisingly assaulted the preconceptions of film art, this frightfully prolific figure – he made over 100 films in 40 years – did not adhere to any one style of filmmaking. He worked in 35mm, 16mm and video, for theatrical release and for European TV, and on documentary and fiction features and shorts. His career began in avant-garde theatre where, between 1956 and 1962, he wrote over 100 plays. Although he never directed any of these productions, he did dabble in TV and filmmaking in the early 1960s. In 1968, with the release of his first completed feature, the Cassavetes-like Tres tristes tigres (1968… read more
Reminiscent of Eternity and a Day, Time Regained is a poignant film and a delightful experience through the numerous paths of one's life. A foray into memories engulfed by all of life's senses. Universal and charismatic. One of my favourite films of his without doubt.
This film is another reason why I should watch more of his films soon. But to respond to your question I have seen The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting which was mesmerizing and some of his short films as well with a special mention to Colloque de Chiens, a short film with the same 'photographic' style' as La Jetée, that has a peculiar haunting fragrance to it which came back to mind recently, hence the reason why I watched Time Regained now.
I just LOVED this film. It's mystifying, melancholy, haunting... The music, the perfect cinematography, not to mention the period reconstruction, make it just perfect. Emmanuelle Beart might prompt me to change my sexual orientation, she's that perfect!
“Time Regained” (TR) by Raoul Ruiz (1999), like Marcel Proust’s novel the film is based on, is as much about the relations between rich aristocrats and poor folks during the WWI period, as it is about our time, 21st century, when the contrast in wealth and life style between rich and the poor again, as many times already happened in history, grows to extreme. It is the paradox of the truth about concrete historical period that it is applicable to other historical epochs and equally relevant and revealing. It is because in the terms of human life and problems between the various social strata the differences are always variant of similarity, and by understanding of what was different then from our own life today we unexpectedly find that we understood better ourselves in our particular circumstances. By “regaining” the time of life of Proust’s characters we restore our understanding of our lives today (which is hurt by our fixation on our problems, by our thinking without a wider socio-cultural perspective). The film shows us complicated, passionate and sometimes twisted relations between rich and poor people that penetrate their private lives and stimulate psychological mutations, existential experimentations and disbalances in psychological sensitivity, in worldviews and in sexual life. The film concentrates on the psycho-sexual maneuvers of Proust’s characters, on their self-contradictory feelings and behavior by adding socio-political analysis to Proust’s analysis of the peculiarities of characters’ personalities. Ruiz‘sociological examination of Baron de Charlus’ homosexual desire (regressing into masochism) and Marquis de Saint Loup‘s bisexual one (regressing into a shockingly crude jingoism) is elaborate and revealing. But the main Ruiz’ investment in Proust scholarship is his cinematographic analysis of Proustian writer’s (PW) aesthetic strategies in relation to his existential self-realization. Ruiz examines the relationship between PW’s artistic and existential egos and comes to an amazing and unexpected conclusion about the psychologically regressive nature of Proustean aesthetic spirituality. Ruiz uses intriguing and inspiring visual images to comment about PW’s creative function in relation to his style of going through his life. The manner of acting in TR is part of its scholarly achievements. It’s not a situation when we learn about characters from their reactions on circumstances. In TR the characters, as if, create the circumstances inside which they express and realize themselves. Their existential situations are as if a kind of cloth on their psychology – the characters are always aesthetically preceding the situations – always deeper and more creative than it is implied by circumstantial acting. Pascal Gregory (de Saint Loup), John Malkovich (de Charlus), Marcello Mazzarella (Marcel), Emmanuelle Beart (Gilberte) and the other actors bring us to the beginning of 20th century and take us back to our times, following Proustian and Ruizian magic of regaining particularistic universality of human soul. Victor Enyutin
A statement by Ruiz on his “last movie,” La noche de enfrente, and a moving article about Ruiz written by the film’s producer.
On Ruiz’s lesser known 90s work in America, his masterful book “Poetics of Cinema”, doublings, and his famous adaptation of Proust.
Jorge Arriagada’s collaboration with Raúl Ruiz is one of cinema’s most fruitful, varied and extensive composer-director partnerships.
Le temps retrouvé, d’après l’oeuvre de Marcel Proust 1999 Raoul Ruiz’s gorgeous and meticulously mounted riff on the final volume of Proust’s monumental tome in which Marcel is granted… read review