Céleste (1980)

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In 1914, with men gone to war, Marcel Proust hired Céleste Albaret as his attendant. More than eight years later, she was at his side when he died. During this entire time, she only entered his room when he rang for her, sleeping from 9 AM to 3 PM to wait during the night while he wrote. Marcel uses her as more than a servant: she is his muse, telling stories of her childhood to stir his remembrance of things past; she’s in cahoots with him as he manipulates those he wants to draw on for his writing; she listens appalled to his descriptions of the underside of Paris. Hers is a life of love and sweet devotion as he races time to finish his work before death.

Director: Percy Adlon.
Writers: Percy Adlon, Céleste Albaret (book).
Stars: Eva Mattes, Jürgen Arndt, Norbert Wartha, Wolf Euba, Joseph Manoth, Leo Bardischewski, Horst Raspe, Andi Stefanescu, Rolf Illig.

1980 Chicago International Film Festival – Nominated for the Gold Hugo.

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4 Comments

  1. GREGORY
    March 10, 2022
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    Thank you, Thank you. Thank you. I never thought I would ever have the chance to see this gem again! This and 102 BOULEVARD HAUSSMANN (1990) which tells essentially the same story with Alan Bates and Janet McTeer in the leads, form beautiful companion pieces. We need Proust and more Proust in our lives (IMO, of course ; )) Thanks, Jon.

  2. Tveitt Irgens
    March 10, 2022
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    Nice! Thanks!

  3. March 15, 2022
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    A beautiful and beautifully-made film. Of course, had the characters spoken French, it would have won prizes and renown.

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