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Celeste

  • Germany / 1981 / 107 min / Colour
  • Original Title : Celeste
  • Language : German
  • Genre : Biography, Drama
  • Director : Percy Adlon
  • Screenwriter : Percy Adlon, Celeste Albaret(Novel)
  • Cinematographer : Jurgen Martin
  • Editor : Clara Fabry
  • Cast : Eva Mattes, Juergen Arndt, Norbert Wartha, Wolf Euba

Synopsis

The story is about lost time on frayed pieces of loose-leaf paper, a young French housekeeper, Cleste 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. Cleste 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 Cleste’s loving eyes. As Cleste 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.”

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