MASTERS OF LONG-FORM CINEMA: Time Regained

MASTERS OF LONG-FORM CINEMA: Time Regained

Director: Raúl Ruiz

1999, France, 158 minutes

Language: French with English Subtitles

 

Program Notes

Our new Masters of Long-Form Cinema series continues with Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich, Emmanuelle Beart, and Vincent Perez in Raúl Ruiz’s masterful Proust adaptation.

 

TWO SHOWS:
Sunday, April 22, 1:30pm
Tuesday, April 24, 7pm

 

ABOUT THE FILM:
(1999 I France I 158 mins I Color I French with English Subtitles)

 

Raúl Ruiz’s most ambitious literary adaptation and considered his greatest cinematic achievement. An Official Selection at both the Cannes and New York Film Festival and starring an outstanding cast of international film stars, including Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich, Emmanuelle Beart and Vincent Perez, Ruiz’s Time Regained distills all of Marcel Proust’s iconic In Search of Lost Time into a single epic feature.

 


The film opens in 1922, as Proust is on his deathbed pouring through old photographs that summon the events of his life. Gradually, we watch as his own experiences merge with his own literary creations. Idyllic memories of youth alternate with rich recollections of 19th century Parisian society where the drama of the Great War and the anxieties of the emerging modern era are skewered in the spectacular staged soirees and lush grand parties.

 


In Ruiz’s deft cinematic hands the film becomes a phantasmagorical comedy of manners as well as a powerful reflection on cinema’s ability to seize and preserve moments of time. The result is a montage of moving snapshots and feverish dreams that makes the film the ultimate in Prussian cinema.

 


Lovingly restored and remastered by Le Petit Bureau with support from the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image anime (CNC, France) and enriched by stellar performances, TIME REGAINED is a “gorgeous, meticulously crafted spectacle” (Jack Matthews, NY Daily News).

 

 

ABOUT THE MASTERS OF LONG-FORM CINEMA SERIES:
Over the decades, many filmmakers have rejected the narrow range of running times favored by the marketplace and treated the film screen as an expanded canvas for long-form expression. The Parkway is proud to launch a new monthly series presenting film masterworks new and old, from visionary landmarks of slow cinema to 21st Century poetic epics. Each film will screen twice, with weekend matinee and weekday evening options.

 


OTHER FILMS IN THE SERIES:
January 7+9: Jacques Rivette’s LA BELLE NOISEUSE (France, 1991, 237 minutes)

 


February 11+13: Lav Diaz’s THE WOMAN WHO LEFT (The Philippines, 2016, 228 minutes)

 


March 4+6: Chantal Akerman’s JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES (Belgium, 1975, 201 minutes)