Wolf Euba....................................Robert Proust
The Bartholdy String Quartet
From 1912 to 1922, while Marcel Proust lay in his bedroom, scribbling out his masterpiece…
… about lost time on frayed pieces of loose-leaf paper, a young French housekeeper,
Céleste Albaret, waited patiently in the kitchen for “Monsieur” to ring. She was
the wife of Proust’s chauffeur, and waited fifty years before telling her story.
Céleste understood Proust as few others did, and over the years slowly took over
the running of his life. The film is simultaneously a convincing depiction of the
artist at work and a study of master and servant, feudally free with each other within
the limits both accept. We see the writer in all his childish posturing and dedicated
flory through Céleste’s loving eyes. As Céleste says, looking at us calmly, “Monsieur
is looking for truth. I act as his hound.” Alexander Walker of The Standard says,
“It must be the finest literary movie, in the best sense of the term, ever made.”
Directed by Percy Adlon
Written by Percy Adlon, adapted from the memoir, “Monsieur Proust” by Céleste Albaret.
Director of Photography - Jürgen Martin
Editor - Clara Fabry
Production design - Hans Gailling
TV Executive - Benigna von Keyserlingk
Music by Cesar Franck played by the Bartholdy-Quartet.
Produced by Eleonore Adlon
A pelemele Film production with BR
Shot on 35mm Kodak in Munich, Cabourg, Auxillac (Massif Central, France), and Paris
in January / February 1981