This film was passed over by Culture Minister Andre Malraux for repping France at the [1961] Cannes Fest. It is a difficult, daring film that takes plenty of patience from any audience, including the most esthetic.

This film was passed over by Culture Minister Andre Malraux for repping France at the [1961] Cannes Fest. It is a difficult, daring film that takes plenty of patience from any audience, including the most esthetic.

A man sees a woman in a fashionable German hotel that looks like an old chateau. He keeps asking her if she remembers last year, and they are seen in different periods, mixing the present with the past and the varying versions of the past. All other characters, except a man who might be her husband, are seen as mere silhouettes, mouthing inanities or platitudes.

Director Alain Resnais’ aim seems to be to lay bare the impossibility of true remembrance. He has made the characters a part of the baroque surroundings of the castle-like hotel. Delphine Seyrig looks like a pre-war romantic film heroine with her slender body and studied poses.

Editing is outstanding, keeping its various layers of thought, action and posing fluid, and intact. Lensing too is exemplary.

L'Annee Derniere a Marienbad

France - Italy

Production

Director Alain Resnais; Producer Pierre Courau, Raymond Froment; Writer Alain Robbe-Grillet; Camera Sacha Vierny Editor Henri Colpi, Jasmine Chasney; Music Francis Seyrig Art Jacques Saulnier

Crew

(B&W) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1961. Running time: 93 MIN.

With

Delphine Seyrig Giorgio Albertazzi Sacha Pitoeff
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