A 1-hour documentary narrated by Kate Nelligan, Marcel Proust: A Writer’s Life is the portrait of an artist who overcame years of failure to create one of the most ambitious literary works ever conceived. This award-winning documentary is an accessible introduction to Proust’s masterpiece, Remembrance of Things Past. Interviews with writers Dame Iris Murdoch, Shelby Foote, and Roger Shattuck highlight the author’s tremendous effort and the magnitude of his accomplishments.
Director: Sarah Mondale
Producers: Sarah B. Patton, Sarah Mondale
Executive Producers: William C. Carter, George Wolfe, Paul Wagner
Edited by Marian Hunter
Narrated by Kate Nelligan
Praise for Proust
This title belongs in every library collection, just as Proust belongs in every library.
- (five stars) —Video Rating Guide for Libraries
An incisive exploration of the author’s life and his struggle to complete his capstone creation.
- The Hollywood Reporter
A warm remembrance of Proust.
- The New York Daily News
A sensitive portrait of the life and work of the author of “Remembrance.”
- Arte Magazine
MARCEL PROUST: A Writer’s Life uses dramatizations and interviews to tell the story of a man and his milieu, from fin-de siècle to World War I.
- New York Times Television
A handsome production…Should impel everyone who sees it to read “Remembrance of Things Past.
- The Birmingham News
SCREENINGS AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
PROUST has garnered devoted fans from around the world who saw the film on PBS, ARTE TV in Europe, and at film festivals and venues ranging from the National Gallery of Art to the New York Public Library. The film is considered indispensable viewing for students of French and literature, and is part of the curriculum in colleges and universities nationwide. We make it easy to organize an event, providing everything you need to host a PROUST screening in your school or community.
On Screen Personalities
MAJOR FUNDING FOR PROUST PROVIDED BY
The National Endowment for the Humanities
The Hugh Kaul Foundation
Visit Proust Ink — a website celebrating the life and work of Marcel Proust – created by William Carter, the film’s Executive Producer and noted Proust scholar.