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|Quartet in D Major by Cesar Franck
102 Boulevard Haussmann (TV) 導演 Udayan Prasad , 1990
敘述1916後Proust住在此地的故事, 差不多也是Celeste服務他的時間; 編劇是英國Alan Bennett, 專寫歷史劇
劇情是有關1916 Proust住在生命最後一處與Frank's Quartet in D)的故事, 期間他還雇用了一隊弦樂四重奏表演法朗克的四重奏(
劇本 Alan Bennett 牛津歷史學士劇作家
"Reviews/Television; Reinventing the World and Obsessions of Proust"
Despite executive shuffles and budget crunches over the last decade or so, the BBC continues to produce, at least occasionally, the kind of splendid little dramas that seem beyond the ability -- or even comprehension -- of most American television. Tonight's case in point can be found at 9:30 on the Arts & Entertainment Network: "102 Boulevard Haussmann," written by Alan Bennett and starring Alan Bates as Marcel Proust.
In bare outline, there is not much more to the play. Yet clearly inspired by Proust himself, Mr. Bennett (television's "Englishman Abroad" and "Talking Heads") takes what is essentially an anecdote and creates an extraordinarily complex universe, exploring with painstaking detail shifting relationships and subtle controls, esthetic theory and sexual obsessions, indeed life and art: "Art does not correspond to life," Proust declares vehemently. "It is life."
The play's characters are indeed taken from life; so are most of its incidents. Mr. Bennett may be exaggerating Proust's personal interest in Mr. Massis, but the writer was fairly open about his homosexuality and such an incident certainly falls within the boundaries of possibility. Interestingly, it is Celeste who, contemptuous of "these young men who take advantage of him," keeps the musician from getting too close to Proust.The writer senses the truth of the situation and observes:
"People who are not in love themselves feel that a clever man ought to be unhappy only about such persons as are worthwhile. This is rather like being astonished that anyone should condescend to die of cholera at the bidding of so insignificant a creature as the common bacillus."
The year is 1917, and a war is raging across Europe. Proust, already being widely recognized as a great writer, spends most of his time working at home on the Boulevard Haussmann, his room lined with cork to spare his delicate sensibility any invasion of street noise. He is tended to most protectively by his housekeeper, Celeste Albaret (Janet McTeeter). On one of his rare outings, he is so impressed by a new string quartet, and especially by its handsome young violist, Amable Massis (Paul Rhys), that he invites the group to play for him alone at home.
Proust is, in many ways, an impossible man: a hypochondriac, a snob, a gossip, infuriatingly self-absorbed and neurotic. Celeste may be frequently taxed by his demands, but her devotion is unwavering. When a puzzled Mr. Massis innocently asks, "Does he just write?" Celeste responds with hauteur, "He is a gentleman; he is delicate." In any event, the musicians, the Quatre Poulets, do play privately for their odd patron, repeating again and again the Quartet in D Major by Cesar Franck, the work that was probably most influential in Proust's magificent fictional creation of the Vinteuil Septet for "Remembrance of Things Past."
The hefty Mr. Bates does not look anything like Proust, even with careful lighting offering heavy shadows to suggest a hint of gauntness. Physically, Woody Allen would make a far more convincing candidate for the role. But directed by Udayan Prasad, Mr. Bates beautifully captures the underlying strength of the writer, who at one point speaks about the courage and nerve it takes to write well. The rest of the cast, especially Miss McTeeter and Mr. Rhys, is superb. Lending enormous support is the music, performed by the Deline String Quartet.
Near the end of the play, Proust asks Celeste why she reads novels. "Because they take me out of myself," she answers. But, says Proust, "They should take you into yourself." With a good writer, he adds, "it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours." The great writer would no doubt approve of Mr. Bennett's play. 102 Boulevard Haussmann Written by Alan Bennett; directed by Udayan Prasad; Innes Lloyd, producer; a BBC Enterprises production. At 9:30 tonight on the Arts & Entertainment Network. Marcel Proust . . . Alan Bates Amable Massis . . . Paul Rhys Celeste . . . Janet McTeeter
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