The film is based on Volume 1 of Marcel Proust's novel "In Search of Lost Time" (1919) which is commonly known as "Swann's Way". Show-business trade paper 'Variety' reported that the film represents "the second part of the first volume of Marcel Proust's monumental book".

Ornella Muti and Jeremy Irons were dubbed into the French language.

One of a number of filmed literary adaptations of director Volker Schlöndorff who is well-known for adapting literature into film.

One of a number of period cinema films that actor Jeremy Irons starred in during his early career. The pictures include Nijinsky (1980), The Mission (1986), The Wild Duck (1983), Swann in Love (1984) ("Swann in Love") and The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981).

Show-business trade paper 'Variety' said of this film that "scripters do a cut and paste job on the text, lifting, transposing and dovetailing episodes and dialog from all over the [source] novel and concentrating them into a single 24-hour period".

The film's source Marcel Proust novel "In Search of Lost Time" has been more commonly known as "Remembrance of Things Past". It's contents is contained within seven volumes in total.

'TV Guide' has said of this film: "It took four writers, several production companies, and the French Ministry of Culture to make this adaptation of the beginning of Marcel Proust's monumental Remembrance of Things Past".

Luchino Visconti had tried to film Marcel Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past" in 1969 with Helmut Berger starring, but getting the script right, and getting financing, was always a problem.

Final produced screenplay for a cinema movie [to date, February 2015] worked on by writer-director Peter Brook.

The film was made and released about sixty-five years after its source novel "In Search of Lost Time" (aka "Remembrance of Things Past") by Marcel Proust had been first published in 1919.

Of the two movies that were first released in 1984 that starred actor Jeremy Irons, both were period costumer pictures, The Wild Duck (1983) and Swann in Love (1984) ("Swann in Love"). Both movies featured ornithological title references to birds, that is to ducks and swans.