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Home Vision Entertainment presents
Swann in Love (1984)

"My love is an illness which has reached the stage that it cannot be removed without destroying me."
- Charles Swann (Jeremy Irons)

Review By: Jon Danziger   
Published: October 28, 2004

Stars: Jeremy Irons, Ornella Muti, Alain Delon
Director: Volker Schlöndorff

MPAA Rating: Not Rated for (nudity, sexuality, adult subject matter)
Run Time: 01h:51m:08s
Release Date: June 08, 2004
UPC: 037429195123
Genre: foreign


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
C- C-C-C+ D

DVD Review

Ahh, Proust. The variegated experiences of memory. The most grand of all French novels. The three-picture deal with gross points on the back end.

I'm not so foolishly doctrinaire as to insist that some books shouldn't be filmed, or that they can't be filmed. But the question, when it comes to Remembrance of Things Past, is: why would you want to? No obvious answer is provided by Volker Schlšndorff, nor by the astonishingly talented credited script writers, Peter Brook and Jean-Claude Carrire. What's here, then, in this screen adaptation of the first portion of Proust's epic novel, is sort of Cliff Notes cinema, a movie that won't satisfy fans of Proust's prose, nor demonstrate to those who haven't read him why so many swoon over A la recherche du temps perdu. The filmmakers deserve some credit for making what's apparently the first-ever film based on Proust's prose; but the movie also suggests why so many of their predecessors dismissed the idea as an unworthy one.

Jeremy Irons, not long after his Brideshead Revisited period and before the darker turns of Dead Ringers and Reversal of Fortune, plays the title character, a French aristocrat hopelessly smitten with Odette de Crecy, a woman far beneath his station. His fighting off his own heart is what the drama is about, principallyŅthe heart wants what it wants, as a true cinematic master once said. Unrequited passion is one of the great themes of literature, and of Proust; but it doesn't come off here, in large measure because Ornella Muti, who plays Odette, is a pretty limp screen presence, and in this telling, Odette is no more than just a tart. Swann is too much of a gentleman to pour out his heart, and so what's here is all exteriorŅ the movie is beautifully shot by Bergman's cinematographer of choice, Sven Nykvist, but pretty pictures don't make up for the tedium of what we're watching. And while the period details have been re-created in exacting, almost excruciating fashion, they don't have much to support—after a time, it becomes pretty clear that this is a movie about monocles and smoking jackets.

Schlšndorff does show us lots of exchanges of meaningful glances, but that's not Proust, and it's not drama, either. Some splendid-looking shots can't redeem this movie, which never brings Proust's passions to cinematic life.

Rating for Style: C-
Rating for Substance: C-

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1.66:1 - Widescreen
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicyes


Image Transfer Review: Perhaps Home Vision didn't have much of a source print to work with, but the movie certainly doesn't look very good. The colors are dull and muddy, and there are many scratches, discolorations and even reel change indicators throughout.

Image Transfer Grade: C-

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
MonoFrenchno


Audio Transfer Review: There's some crackle and some of the dialogue is muffled and mumbled, but if you're reading this review, you'll probably be following along via the subtitles, anyway.

Audio Transfer Grade: C+

 

Disc Extras

Full Motion menu with music
Scene Access with 13 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English with remote access
Packaging: Amaray
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extra Extras:
  1. Accompanying booklet with an essay by Hans-Bernhard Moeller and George Lellis
Extras Review: The only extra of note is the accompanying booklet, with an essay that claims far too much for the movie, calling it "a series of small epiphanies." That's very generous.

Extras Grade: D

 

Final Comments

At times this movie is pretty as a postcard, and usually it's just about as deep. A largely unsuccessful effort to bring Proust to the screen, which may have the unfortunate unintended consequence of driving potential readers away from Remembrance of Things Past.

 


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