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The Proust Screenplay: À la recherche du temps perdu

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  74 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
In the early 1970s Harold Pinter joined forces with director Joseph Losey and Proust scholar Barbara Bray to develop a screenplay of Proust's masterpiece, Remembrance of Things Past. Pinter took more than a year to conceive and write the screenplay and called the experience "the best working year of my life." Although never produced, Harold Pinter's The Proust Screenplay i ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 5th 2000 by Grove Press (first published 1977)
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Nick Wellings
For any fan of Proust, Pinter's screenplay is unalloyed bliss.

It distills the essence of Proust down to a manageable format for those unable or unwilling to venture too far into the novel itself. Its methods are legitimately beautiful, consonant with the tone of Proust's writing, evocative and rich and symbolically strong. If this had ever made it to film, how enigmatic to the unitiated would the opening fast cuts be, the little patch of yellow wall, the sound of the gate bell in Combray, the d
Sep 04, 2013 Christopher rated it it was amazing
Summarizing Marcel Proust's "A la recherche du temps perdu" is often seen as a hopeless endeavour, an undertaking so absurd it fit in perfectly with Monty Python humour and the reader must still be content with extracts of some passage or another unless he dares conquer the whole seven-volume masterpiece. In 1972, Nicole Stephane, who held the film rights to Proust's work, asked Joseph Losey if he would like to work on a film version. Losey turned to Pinter to write the screenplay, and The Prous ...more
William Dearth
Apr 15, 2013 William Dearth rated it it was amazing
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Everyone knows that Harold Pinter is an excellent playwright, but I believe that this Proust screenplay is truly remarkable. How someone can take a nearly 4,000 page novel, condense it down to 176 pages and still make perfect sense is beyond me.

I am certain it may not make much sense to someone who has never read A La Recherche du Temps Perdu.

It certainly is an excellent review of the novel and only takes a day or two to read. Five stars in my mind as it does qualify as amazing.
Catherine Corman
Mar 12, 2010 Catherine Corman rated it really liked it
To think I have wasted years of my life, that I have longed for death, that the greatest love I have ever known has been for a woman who did not appeal to me, who was not my type.
Jan 22, 2012 Artemisia rated it it was amazing
Ho conosciuto Harold Pinter come scrittore solo un mese prima della sua morte, e lo conobbi tramite Il compleanno. Da allora, passo dopo passo, piecé dopo piéce, ho provato ad inoltrarmi nel grattacielo gelido, immenso, anomalo della sua produzione. Mi sono scontrata con dialoghi fatici, impostati sulla paura, sul dato nascosto. Il mio professore mi ha insegnato che Pinter scrive Kafka attraverso Hemingway - e sulla scena si muove sempre, vivissimo, il sottotesto in vesti di parole e di situazio ...more
Jul 01, 2016 Martin rated it liked it
I'm not the biggest fan of Joseph Losey. I often come away from one of his films feeling that he doesn't know how to tell a story very clearly, or that he doesn't shoot enough footage for the editor to work with. I think that his best films were written by Harold Pinter, and it is easy to see why: Pinter spells out everything for him, the shots, the edits, the music cues, everything. I don't know how this screenplay could have made a successful film for someone who had not read the book. But the ...more
Hock Tjoa
Sep 10, 2011 Hock Tjoa rated it it was amazing
The Proust Screenplay is delightful revelation--how to transmute seven volumes of dense, intense internal conversations into a slim script that takes up less space, uses fewer words, than half of one of those volumes. It does help to have read them, or at least Swann's Way, to follow/ re-imagine the movie. What a shame this movie was never made; or not, considering the blogs we would have on "was the book better than the movie?" But the script is brilliant. Proust's infatuation with female beaut ...more
Tatjana Dzambazova
May 18, 2014 Tatjana Dzambazova rated it it was amazing
Doesn't this capture it all?
' The world of society to which I unfortunately belong, displays nothing but a carefully cultivated ignorance which over the centuries has become banality of mind, masquerading behind gesture, behind manner, behind arrogance, as good breeding. It never occurs to them that their posture and pretensions have become aftophied. But in fact they know nothing and are interested in nothing except money and position. They are Philistines'
Jul 27, 2008 Caroline rated it liked it
Recommends it for: past rememberers
When I first saw this in the bins a a secondhand book shop, I laughed out loud that anyone would try it - but Pinter did an amazing job of catching the tone, evoking all the paranoiac loves and the withering depictions of society. Unfortunately, there's not enough exposition for it to stand alone, but people who read the book will likely enjoy it.
Dec 31, 2015 Corey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this as a warm-up for starting In Search of Lost Time, so it's impossible for me to say whether or not he was true to the spirit of the books, nor whether he was able to encapsulate the 7-novel cycle in a 176 page screenplay. It was also difficult to visualize it as I read. Nevertheless, even if taken as a stand-alone piece, it's quite moving and lovely.
Milad Ghezellu
Aug 06, 2015 Milad Ghezellu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کل هفت جلد در جستجوی زمان از دست رفته در صفحه و یکی از کارهای خیلی خیلی خوبه هارولد پینتر که یک رمان چند جلدی سیال ذهن رو که رفت و برگشتهای زمانی داره برای اجرای تئاتر اقتباس کرده. ...more
Matt Proctor
Aug 09, 2015 Matt Proctor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Harold Pinter, CH, CBE, was an English playwright, screenwriter, actor, director, political activist and poet. He was one of the most influential playwrights of modern times. In 2005 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

After publishing poetry and acting in school plays as a teenager in London, Pinter began his professional theatrical career in 1951, touring throughout Ireland. From 1952,
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