Swann in Love (film)
|Swann in Love|
|Directed by||Volker Schlöndorff|
|Produced by||Volker Schlondorff|
|Edited by||Françoise Bonnot|
|Distributed by||Orion Classics|
|Box office||$6.1 million|
Swann in Love (French: Un amour de Swann, German: Eine Liebe von Swann), is a 1984 Franco-German film directed by Volker Schlöndorff. It is based on Marcel Proust's novel sequence In Search of Lost Time, specifically the first volume the title of which typically translates as Swann's Way. It was nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards.
Swann (Jeremy Irons), an eligible bachelor in the best circles of fin-de-siècle Paris, has also some more vulgar but rich friends, the Verdurins. Through them he meets Odette (Ornella Muti), a courtesan, with whom he falls hopelessly in love. She seems to enjoy his company, for which he pays, but considers herself free to socialise and sleep where she pleases, particularly with a rival called de Forcheville. Swann’s passion turns to consuming jealousy, which leads him eventually to accept the social stigma of marrying her. One old friend, the overtly gay Charlus (Alain Delon), stays sympathetic.
Director Volker Schlöndorff commented later about Proust's Swann in Love as follows: "I must have been sixteen or seventeen,... I devoured "Un Amour de Swann" in one weekend, lying appropriately under the apple trees in the garden of my boarding school. ... Proust revealed three worlds to me: the French language, the corresponding society and the unknown regions of love and jealousy. ...
At the time, I, like Charles Swann, had only one desire: to become assimilated in France. ...
When I was offered "Un Amour de Swann", I didn't hesitate for a second. I accepted without reading the book again. ... I saw images in my mind's eye: a man wandering at night across the boulevards, from one bar to the next, in a feverish state of euphoria, searching for a woman who constantly eludes him. He knocks late at night on a window which is not hers. One afternoon, he subjects her to a long session of questioning, he tortures her with his jealousy and takes enjoyment in his own suffering.
Odette and Paris: a woman, larger than life, and a city, the epitome of all cities, as well as the man who tries to possess them both - that for me is "Un Amour de Swann".
- Jeremy Irons as Charles Swann
- Ornella Muti as Odette de Crecy
- Alain Delon as Palamède de Guermantes, Baron de Charlus
- Fanny Ardant as Duchesse de Guermantes
- Marie-Christine Barrault as Madame Verdurin
- Anne Bennent as Chloé
- Nathalie Juvet as Madame Cottard
- Philippine Pascal as Madame Gallardon
- Charlotte de Turckheim as Madame de Cambremer
- Jean-François Balmer as Dr. Cottard
- Jacques Boudet as Duke de Guermantes
- Nicolas Baby as the young Jew
- Charlotte Kerr as sous-maîtresse
- Catherine Lachens as la tante
- Jean-Pierre Coffe as Aimé
- Jean-Louis Richard as Monsieur Verdurin
- Bruno Thost as Saniette
- Geoffroy Tory as Forcheville
- Roland Topor as Biche
- Vincent Martin as Remi
- Arc Adrian as Swann's Valet
- Pierre Celeyron as Valet Pif
- Romain Brémond as Protocole Guermantes
- Véronique Dietschy as Madame Vinteuil
- Ivry Gitlis violinist
- François Weigel pianist
- Catherine Jacob
- Nominee Best Costume Design - BAFTA (Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle)
- Nominee Best Foreign Language Film - BAFTA (Volker Schlöndorff, Magaret Menegoz)
- Winner Best Production Design - Cesar Awards (Jacques Saulnier)
- Winner Best Costume Design - Cesar Awards (Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle)