Celeste: Percy Aslon’s about How Proust’s Maid Saw Him

The innovation of the German film Céleste, directed by Percy Adlon, is that it examines the life of the legendary French writer Marcel Proust from the POV of his real-life maid, Céleste Albaretas.

Spanning about a decade, from 1912 to 1922, the story is told through the eyes of a woman who was dedicated to her eccentric and complex employer.

She waited decades before writing her own book about the experience, which Adlon adapted for the screen in a way that pays tribute both to the writer and the film medium.

World-premiering at the 1982 Cannes Film Fest to great acclaim, “Celeste” established the international reputation of German filmmaker Adlon as a major talent to watch.