- Andy Warhol's book, A La Recherche du Shoe Perdu (1955), marked Warhol's "transition from commercial to gallery artist".
- The British television series Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–1974) references the book and its author in two episodes. In the Fish Licence sketch, Mr. Praline mentions that Proust "had an 'addock" as a pet fish, and warns, when his listener laughs, "if you're calling the author of À la recherche du temps perdu a looney, I shall have to ask you to step outside!" In another sketch entitled The All-England Summarize Proust Competition, contestants are required to summarize all of Proust's seven volumes of the novel in 15 seconds.
- The novel is also referenced in Pier Paolo Pasolini's 1975 film Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom.
- In Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 (2009), the main character Aomame spends an entire fall locked in an apartment, where the book becomes her only entertainment. Aomame's days are spent eating, sleeping, working out, staring off the balcony to the city below and the moon above, and slowly reading through Lost Time.
- In the 2012 film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's novel On the Road, the book is seen as a connecting element between the film's three protagonists: Sal Paradise, Dean Moriarty, and Marylou.
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