Last Year at Marienbad

Last Year at Marienbad

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Director: Alain Resnais
     
 

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A cinematic puzzle, Alain Resnais' Last Year at Marienbad is a radical exploration of the formal possibilities of film. Beautifully shot in Cinemascope by Sacha Vierny, the movie is a riddle of seduction, a mercurial enigma darting between a present and past which may not even exist, let alone converge. The film stars Giorgio Albertazzi as an unnamed…  See more details below

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A cinematic puzzle, Alain Resnais' Last Year at Marienbad is a radical exploration of the formal possibilities of film. Beautifully shot in Cinemascope by Sacha Vierny, the movie is a riddle of seduction, a mercurial enigma darting between a present and past which may not even exist, let alone converge. The film stars Giorgio Albertazzi as an unnamed sophisticate attempting to convince a similarly nameless woman (Delphine Seyrig) that they met and were romantically involved a year ago in the same enormous, baroque European hotel. In the end, it hardly matters -- they're not characters so much as pawns anyway. Hypnotically dreamlike, Last Year at Marienbad is a surrealist parody of Hollywood melodrama, a high-fashion romance with a dark, alien underbelly. According to screenwriter Alain Robbe-Grillet, the movie is a pure construction, without a frame of reference outside of its own existence -- the lives of its characters begin when the lights go down, and conclude when they come back up.

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All Movie Guide - Leo Charney
One of the most enigmatic and distinctive movies ever made, this collaboration of director Alain Resnais with leading French novelist and filmmaker Alain Robbe-Grillet has confounded and intrigued audiences since it first led the wave of European art movies in the early 1960s. Wandering through and around the story of a mysterious love triangle as it wanders through and around its hotel setting, the film can be interpreted, among other possibilities, as a parody of Hollywood romantic melodramas; as an effort to find a new way to tell a romantic melodrama, free of the clichés imposed by Hollywood; as a mystery, whose answer is finally unresolved and perhaps unresolvable; as, therefore, a Rashomon-like examination of the uncertainty of truth; as a philosophical inquiry into truth, time, memory, and personal identity; as a purely sensual melange of shapes and sounds -- grand architecture, striking compositions, and strange soundtrack elements; as a self-reflexive examination of cinema itself; or as a game, like the logarithm game at the center of the story, played by the filmmakers with the audience. Whatever interpretation(s) one favors, this is, for better or for worse, an unforgettable and unique movie, a high-water mark of postwar European art cinema.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/24/1998
UPC:
0720917013510
Original Release:
1961
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Lorber
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Delphine Seyrig A
Giorgio Albertazzi X
Sacha Pitoeff M
Francoise Spira Actor
Pierre Barbaud Actor
Françoise Bertin Actor
Luce Garcia-Ville Actor
Helena Kornel Actor
Jean Lanier Actor
Wilhelm von Deek Actor
Gerard Lorin Actor
Gilles Queant Actor

Technical Credits
Alain Resnais Director
Jasmine Chasney Editor
Henri Colpi Editor
Pierre Courau Producer
Bernard Evein Costumes/Costume Designer
Raymond Froment Producer
André Girard Musical Direction/Supervision
Georges Glon Set Decoration/Design
Alexandre Marcus Makeup
Alain Robbe-Grillet Screenwriter
Jacques Saulnier Production Designer
Francis Seyrig Score Composer
Sacha Vierny Cinematographer

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