In Time: The Films of Alain Resnais

11/6/09 to 12/15/09

Exploring the structures of time and memory, Resnais created a cinema of ideas that transformed the idea of cinema. This series revisits the unforgettable work of a true modernist master, including the groundbreaking Night and Fog and Last Year at Marienbad.

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  • Je t’aime, je t’aime, November 21

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  • La guerre est finie

    • Tuesday, December 15 7:00 pm

    Alain Resnais (France, 1966). Yves Montand is a Spanish revolutionary suspended between the past and the future in Resnais's political drama. (121 mins)

  • Short Films by Alain Resnais

    • Thursday, December 10 7:00 pm

    (France, 1950–58). Resnais in short, from eloquent essays on art and cultural memory to a surreal “song of styrene.” (108 mins)

  • Mélo

    • Friday, December 4 8:30 pm

    Alain Resnais (France, 1986). Resnais adapts an enjoyably trashy 1920s stage melodrama and achieves “the eloquent simplicity of a masterpiece.”-S.F. Chronicle (110 mins)

  • Mon oncle d'Amérique

    • Saturday, November 28 8:40 pm

    Alain Resnais (France, 1980). It's survival of the wittiest in Resnais's take on behavioral theory. Starring Gérard Depardieu, with guest appearances by Jean Gabin, Jean Marais, and Danielle Darrieux. (125 mins)

  • Je t'aime, je t'aime

    • Saturday, November 21 8:30 pm

    Alain Resnais (France, 1968). A failed suicide becomes a guinea pig for research on the nature of time: Resnais's obsession with memory manifests itself as science fiction. (91 mins)

  • Muriel

    • Saturday, November 14 8:45 pm

    Alain Resnais (France, 1963). Delphine Seyrig stars as a widow haunted by a former love, as her son is haunted by memories of the Algerian War. With Night and Fog, an extraordinary reflection on the Holocaust and historical memory. (145 mins)

  • Stavisky

    • Friday, November 13 8:45 pm

    Alain Resnais (France/Italy, 1974). In a 1974 film that seems made for 2009, Resnais depicts the downfall of a grandiose swindler (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and of an even grander swindle, the all's-well image of prewar Europe as it rotted within. (117 mins)

  • Last Year at Marienbad

    • Friday, November 6 6:30 pm

    Alain Resnais (France, 1961). It's déjà vu all over the place in this elegant, labyrinthine puzzle, written by Alain Robbe-Grillet and starring Delphine Seyrig. (94 mins)