Kim Willsher “Canadian professor discovers what could be only footage of Marcel Proust” https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/feb/16/canadian-professor-discovers-what-could-be-only-footage-of-marcel-proust
A Canadian university professor claims to have found the only existing moving picture of French writer Marcel Proust.
The black-and-white footage of a wedding cortège filmed in 1904 shows a brief glimpse of a man in his 30s with a neat moustache, wearing a bowler hat and pearl-grey formal suit, descending a flight of stairs on his own. Most of the other guests are in couples.
Sirois-Trahan says the film is of the marriage of Élaine Greffulhe, daughter of the Countess of Greffulhe, who was one of Proust’s close friends and the principle inspiration for his character Oriane de Guermantes in À La Recherche du Temps Perdu (In Search of Lost Time).
Luc Fraisse*3, director of the Revue of Proustian Studies, has no doubt the film shows Proust.
“Because we know every detail of Proust’s life, we know from several sources that during those years he wore a bowler hat and pearl grey suit... It’s moving to say to ourselves that we are the first to see Proust since his contemporaries... even if it would be better if he was descending the steps a little less quickly! It’ll be fine when we have slowed the film down,” Fraisse told Le Point magazine*4.
Sorbonne professor Jean-Yves Tadié*5, another Proust specialist, said he was delighted. “I’ve always thought we’d end up seeing him in a news film. The shape of the face, the approximate way of dressing, all corresponds to him, and the identification seems quite convincing,” Tadié told Le Point.
He added: “I find this discovery very moving, and all the more so because Proust always had an ambiguous relationship with moving images.
“It’s astonishing that nobody has thought to look for Proust in the archives of films of the Greffulhes before... It shows that new discoveries are still possible, even about an author who, it would seem, has already been so minutely studied.”
*2:See also http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20050805 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20071208/1197086548 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20081012/1223783891 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20081205/1228412291 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20100221/1266732813 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20110106/1294242349 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20110924/1316881071 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20131113/1384308602 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20141013/1413129055 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20160518/1463546996
*4:Sophie Pujas “Et soudain apparaît... Marcel Proust” http://www.lepoint.fr/livres/et-soudain-apparait-marcel-proust-15-02-2017-2104891_37.php
*5:See eg. “Jean-Yves Tadié” https://www.franceculture.fr/personne/jean-yves-tadie https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Yves_Tadi%C3%A9 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Yves_Tadi%C3%A9 Stuart Jeffries “In search of Marcel” https://www.theguardian.com/books/2000/jul/08/classics.stuartjeffriesは彼のマルセル・プルースト伝の書評。