This French-German film directed by Volker Schlöndorff is largely inspired by a novel of the same name by Marcel Proust. An elegant and educated bachelor, Charles Swann moves in the most powerful and fashionable circles of Paris in the 1890’s.
When he falls in love with Odette de Crecy, a courtesan, his friends warn him against marriage. But proving himself a silly and socially-foul goose, Swann ducks his social responsibilities, Odette ensnares him, and he is gently but firmly cast out of society amidst everyone’s great politeness. Volker Schlöndorff (b. 1939) is a significant and internationally successful German director.
He was a prominent member of the New German Cinema of the late 1960s and early 1970s. He won a 1979 Palme d’or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for his film adaptation of The Tin Drum.
When: June 3, 6:30 PM
Location: Goethe-Institut Washington, 812 Seventh St. NW, Washington, DC 20001