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Last Year at Marienbad
L'Année dernière à Marienbad

“The poster child of cinematic modernism.” - Slant Magazine

1 February 2018 25 February 2018

French with Thai/English subtitles

 

Not just a defining work of the French New Wave but one of the great, lasting mysteries of modern art, Alain Resnais’ epochal Last Year at Marienbad (L’année dernière à Marienbad) has been puzzling appreciative viewers for decades. Written by radical master of the New Novel Alain Robbe-Grillet, this surreal fever dream, or nightmare, gorgeously fuses the past with the present in telling its ambiguous tale of a man and a woman (Giorgio Albertazzi and Delphine Seyrig) who may or may not have met a year ago, perhaps at the very same cathedral-like, mirror-filled château they now find themselves wandering. Unforgettable in both its confounding details (gilded ceilings, diabolical parlor games, a loaded gun) and haunting scope, Resnais’ investigation into the nature of memory is disturbing, romantic, and maybe even a ghost story.enbad.

“Remains one of cinema's glorious enigmas, endlessly compelling and intriguing.” - LA Times

“The visual moments that remain in the mind are without exception locked into place by the intensity of the score.” - The Independent (UK)

“The poster child of cinematic modernism, one of those early-'60s event films that seemed to break every rule classical Hollywood ever codified.” - Slant Magazine

“The movie is what it is -- a sustained mood, an empty allegory, a choreographed moment outside of time, and a shocking intimation of perfection.” Village Voice

“What I was not prepared for was the voluptuous quality of “Marienbad,” its command of tone and mood, its hypnotic way of drawing us into its puzzle, its austere visual beauty.” Roger Ebert

 

 

About the film

Director: Alain Resnais
Country: France, Italy
Year: 1961
Duration: 94 mins
Short Film: TBA