L'Année Dernière à Marienbad (1961)

Année Dernière à Marienbad, L' (1961, FRA/ITA) 94m. SCOPE *** D: Alain Resnais. Starring Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoeff. French art-house classic uses a stream-of-consciousness narrative to ponder upon the passing of time and the power of recollection. At an anonymous hotel, in an anonymous society, whose conversations are presented in fragments, gentleman Albertazzi tries to persuade lady Seyrig that they met before once - last year at Frederiksbad or Marienbad. Slowly she allows the memory of their encounter to come back. Unconventional movie can best be described as a cinematic poem, with excellent black-and-white cinematography by Sacha Vierny. Not for all tastes, slightly pretentious, but intriguing, even fascinating. Recommended to cineastes and readers of Marcel Proust or Virginia Woolf. Director Resnais also scripted with Alain Robbe-Grillet, Volker Schlöndorff was his assistant. Reportedly based on a novel by Adolfo Bioy Casares, which was filmed again in 1974 (as L'INVENZIONE DI MOREL). English titles: LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD, LAST YEAR IN MARIENBAD.


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