Swann in Love Reviews
It deals with Swann (which was a character based on Proust's friend Charles Haas who had a short relationship with the great actress Sarah Bernhard) falling in love with Odette. Schlondorff has good judgement in endowing Swann with certain characteristics of the narrator "Marcel" in Proust's novel. This gives him a chance to ignore the narrator completely in the movie, the inclusion of whom would have made a rather awkward movie.
The casting is one of the best things about the movie, especially Ornella Muti as Odette, and Alain Delon as Baron de Charlus (his delivery of the question to M. Swann of when he will get married with Odette, after Swann's telling Charlus that he has fallen out of love with her, is one of the highlights of the movie).
Although this movie cannot compare with Ruiz's Time Regained and Chantal Akerman's amazing "The Captive" (how the hell did she do that), it is a gift for all Proust lovers. I cannot emphasize the ending of the last sentence enough. It is not an alternative to reading the book. If you have not read the book then you will probably hate the movie as I have discovered by making the mistake of watching the movie with someone who was not initiated to the world of Proust and had to explain the importance and the biography of every other person that appeared on the screen.
This film is much more live and interesting than another film on Prousts's novel "Time regained".
And once again- Proust's novel is not for everybody! Some like it, the majority - not really. So the plot of the film is also special.
I enjoyed it.
Jeremy Irons is great as Swann - perfect cast!
I didn't like Ornella Muti really as Odette.
Alain Delon is great (John Malkovich plays his character in "Time regained")
Fanny Ardant is awesome, but too little of her in the film.
[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]