Swann in Love (1984)
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as Charles Swann
as Odette de Crecy
as Baron de Charlus
as Duchesse de Guermantes
as Mme. Verdurin
as Madame Cottard
as Mlle. Vinteuil
as Mme. De Gallardon
as Mme. De Cambremer
as Mons. Cottard
as Duc De Guermantes
as Mons. Verdurin
as Monsieur Vinteuil
as Head of Protocol
Critic Reviews for Swann in Love
Dramas about manners and ostracism in society have been done before and with more punch
Audience Reviews for Swann in Love
A movie based on Marcel Proust's In Search of the Lost Time (excuse me if that is not the English title), more specifically on the book Swann's Way. So obviously it should be slow, and obviously it should be beautiful. There isn't really action, there isn't really a story. It's just a meandering tale in which Charles Swann, played by Jeremy Irons (who could not use his real voice!! And still was amazing!), has a desperate need to sleep with his favorite prostitute. But she's hard to convince... and he cannot sleep, cannot eat, wanders around Paris following her everywhere she goes. Ultimately, the experience develops into a void: what once burnt strongly enough for him to want to die, becomes meaningless, empty, and even repulsive. A very pessimistic, but beautiful movie by Volker Schlondorff. Lesson: Jeremy Irons is the best "longing lover" in the history of cinema.
Although rather slow, Schlondorff's vision of Proust's work is great, and the period is magnificently captured! Jeremy Irons and Ornella Muti, plus Alain Delon as Charlus!
[font=Century Gothic]"Swann in Love" takes place in Paris in the late 19th century. Aristocratic Charles Swann(Jeremy Irons) is obsessively in love with Odette(Ornella Muti) who has quite the scandalous reputation. Even though he does have very deep feelings for her, he has even deeper questions about her past. Swann makes a personal visit to a brothel to conduct further research.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Swann in Love" is ostensibly about a love affair but is actually a scathing film about the hypocrisies of Parisien society of the time. The polite exterior contrasts with the ubiquitous antisemitism and other cruelties. And I thought the French Revolution was supposed to have solved some of those problems.[/font]
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