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Last Year at Marienbad

(L'année dernière à marienbad)

35mm Print


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
Based On
  • Alain Robbe-Grillet's novel

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

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Alain Resnais and the enigmatic art of memory (program note), Harvard Film Archive, 2010

Last year at Marienbad (L'annee derniere a Marienbad) (program note), Harvard Film Archive, 2010

Providence (program note), Harvard Film Archive, 2010

The greatest film ever made? (article), Reader (Chicago, Ill.), Jonathan Rosenbaum, 2008

House of 1,000 corpses : Alain Resnais's Last Year at Marienbad returns (review), Village Voice, J. Hoberman, 2008

Abstruse triangle : 'Marienbad' is still crazy after all these years (article), Citybeat, Andy Klein, 2008

Time and again: the cinema of Alain Resnais (program note), Film Society of Lincoln Center, 2000

Memory Montage Modernism: the films of Alain Resnais (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt, 2000

Last year at Marienbad (distributor materials), New Yorker Films, 1989

A tribute to Andrei Tarkovsky (program), Hong Kong Film Festival, Michael Lam, 1987

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