Swann in Love (1984) short review


An adaptation of a Proust novel, with Jeremy Irons as Monsieur Swann who is obsessively in love with a courtesan in 1870s Paris (with a coda in the 1890s). Not too ponderous, although you do want to throw a shoe at both the main characters. REALLY REALLY nice 1870s bustle gowns! Hello! In French.


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

One Response

  1. Joe

    I’d like to see a full-length review of this movie sometime. While I honestly find it kind of boring (it’s Proust, after all), the costumes, particularly Ornella Muti’s, are gorgeous – the one she wears in the final scene set in the 1890’s (though from her “Gibson Girl” pompadour I’d have identified it as more like circa 1900) is one of my favorites ever, so much so that I have it as wallpaper on my tablet, iPhone *and* laptop.