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Last Year at Marienbad

(L’année dernière à Marienbad)

featuring

Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoeff, Françoise Bertin,

“Once again I walk, once again, along these corridors, across these salons, these galleries, in this edifice from another century, this huge, luxurious, baroque hotel . . .” The incantatory voice-over narration could be the voice of Sacha Vierny’s camera as it travels through time, past the statues and statuesque beings-in-time—the characters—in this masterpiece of mise-en-scène. Some critics interpreted Marienbad’s labyrinthine gardens as a dreamscape, others as a landscape of the mind that rejects cause and effect. Still, why not take it at face value? A man attempts to convince a woman (Delphine Seyrig) that, a year ago, they met and fell in love at a European spa, perhaps Marienbad where they are now. The seamless integration of past and present is central to Alain Resnais’s films, but, as author-screenwriter Alain Robbe-Grillet said, “The image is always in the present tense.”

Judy Bloch
FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Alain Robbe-Grillet
Based On
  • The novel by Alain Robbe-Grillet

Cinematographer
  • Sacha Vierny
Language
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 'Scope 35mm
  • 94 mins
Source
  • Rialto Pictures