Swann in Love
Swann in Love

Swann in Love

Director Volker Schlöndorff

Production year 1984

Length 110min.

Country France/Germany


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. Odette ensnares him, and he is gently but firmly cast out of society amidst everyone's great politeness.


Volker Schlöndorff
Volker Schlöndorff



Eberhard Junkersdorf


Peter Brook, Jean-Claude Carrière, Volker Schlöndorff

Director of Photography

Sven Nykvist

Production designer

Jacques Saulnier

Music by

Hans Werner Henze


Dominique Hennequin


Françoise Bonnot


Jeremy Irons, Ornella Muti, Alain Delon, Fanny Ardant, Marie-Christine Barrault, Anne Bennent, Nathalie Juvet

Production company(ies)

Gaumont 30, avenue Charles de Gaulle 92200 Neuilly/Seine SFPC Bioskop Film

Volker Schlöndorff

Volker Schlöndorff հas studied economy and political sciences as well as at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographique (IDHEC) in Paris, France. Worked as an assistant director with Louis Malle, Jean-Pierre Melville and Alain Resnais. Founded his own production company Bioskop Film together with Reinhard Hauff and Eberhard Junkersdorf in 1973. Has directed several operas in Frankfurt a/M, Berlin (Germany) and Paris, France. Since 1992, chief executive of the german production company Studio Babelsberg GmbH (former UFA/DEFA).


Wen kümmert's? (1960, short), Méditerranée (1963, Co-dir.: Jean-Daniel Pollet, doc.), Young Torless (1966), The Tympanist (1967, segment “Ein Unheimlicher Moment”), A Degree of Murder (1967), Michael Kohlhaas - Der Rebell (1969), The Morals of Ruth Halbfass (1972), Strohfeuer/A Free Woman (1972), The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975), Coup de grâce (1976), Nur zum Spaß, nur zum Spiel (1977, doc.), Germany in Autumn (1978, segment Die verschobene Antigone, doc.), The Tin Drum (1979), The Candidate (1980, doc.), Die Fälschung/The Circle of Deceit (1981), War and Peace (1982, Co-dir.: Stefan Aust, Axel Engstfeld, Alexander Kluge, doc.), Swann in Love (1984), The Handmaid's Tale (1990), Homo Faber/Voyager (1991), Billy Wilder, How Did You Do It (1992, Co-dir.: Gisela Grischow, doc.), The Michael Nyman Songbook (1992, doc.), Ogre (1996), Palmetto (1998), The Legend of Rita (2000), Ten Minutes Older: The Cello (2002, segment “The Enlightmnet”), The Ninth Day (2004), Strike (2006), Ulzhan (2007), Calm at Sea (2011), Diplomacy (2014).

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