L'année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad)
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L'année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad)
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"To even talk of a story is nonsensical, since a central aesthetic of the film involves the effects of fantasy, time and subjective memory on human consciousness. Marienbad takes place in a heightened, sci-fi nightmare world where knowing, believing"
‑ Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune
"The movie is what it is -- a sustained mood, an empty allegory, a choreographed moment outside of time, and a shocking intimation of perfection."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Alain Resnais's transcendent filmic parlor game remains an innovative and exquisitely executed example of minimalist filmmaking, used to evoke mystery, romance, and a sprinkle social invective."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Was there ever a film thought so boring by so many yet accorded the status of a classic?"
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"A veritable masterpiece, but beware, this icon of French New Wave cinema is as likely to irritate as it is to mesmerise."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Marienbad is elegantly hermetic, a ravishing waxworks that has stillness at its heart."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"The film's dreamlike cadences, frozen tableaux, and distilled surrealist poetry are too eerie, too terrifying even, to be shaken off as camp. For all its notoriety, this masterpiece among masterpieces has never really received its due."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The poster child of cinematic modernism, one of those early-'60s event films that seemed to break every rule classical Hollywood ever codified."
‑ Budd Wilkins, Slant Magazine
"Profoundly mysterious and disturbing, a para-surrealist masterpiece whose nightmarish scenario appears to have been absorbed from Buñuel and Antonioni and transmitted onward to Greenaway."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A sublime meditation on memory, perception and fantasy - or art-house pretension at its emptiest? The jury's still out..."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"Remains one of cinema's glorious enigmas, endlessly compelling and intriguing."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Obscure, oneiric, it's either some sort of masterpiece or meaningless twaddle."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"I've always found it romantic and sexy, full of yearning and mystery."
‑ Jason Solomons, Observer [UK]
"an enigmatic mind-melt that sends characters and viewers alike on a chronology-confounding loop down labyrinthine corridors and up garden paths in pursuit of a (re)solution that, even after it has been found, remains elusive and ambiguous."
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"Its one of the greatest films ever made, and an experience unrivaled in cinema."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis