Thursday, November 01, 2007

Time Regained

While I have only started to read Proust, my sense thus far is that this film is a faithful adaptation (no small task given the monumental, rambling ruminations of Things Remembered), though I am not confident that those who loved the book will love the movie. The nonlinear structure, the dream-like mise en scene, and the dependence upon gradually cyclically returning motifs demand patient, generous viewing which may require not only a love of Proust's themes (of memory, love, loss, betrayal, bells, light, and carefully manicured settings), but also a well trained cinephile's eye.