A cinematic puzzle, Alain Resnais' Last Year at Marienbad is a radical exploration of the formal possibilities of film. Beautifully shot in Cinemascope by Sacha Vierny, the movie is a riddle of seduction, a mercurial enigma darting between a present and past which may not even exist, let alone converge. The film stars Giorgio Albertazzi as an unnamed sophisticate attempting to convince a similarly nameless woman (Delphine Seyrig) that they met and were romantically involved a year ago in the same enormous, baroque European hotel. In the end, it hardly matters -- they're not characters so much as pawns anyway. Hypnotically dreamlike, Last Year at Marienbad is a surrealist parody of Hollywood melodrama, a high-fashion romance with a dark, alien underbelly. According to screenwriter Alain Robbe-Grillet, the movie is a pure construction, without a frame of reference outside of its own existence -- the lives of its characters begin when the lights go down, and conclude when they come back up.
- Genre(s): Art and Experimental
- Run Time: 93min.
- DVD Release Date: 03/23/1999
- Distributor(s): Cocinor
- Themes: Haunted By the Past
- Tone: Deliberate,Elegant,Cerebral,Eerie,Hallucinatory,Moody,Enigmatic,Stylized
extramarital-affair, motel, obsession, love
- Country of Origin: France (06-25-1961),Italy (11-01-1961)
- Language: French