Life is a Bed of Roses
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With Life is a Bed of Roses, filmmaker Alain Resnais wanted to create a lighthearted tribute to three important French directors, each of whom defined a particular era in his country's cinema Melies (the first French filmmaker to use narrative--his most famous film is A Trip to the Moon), the impressionist L'Herbier (most famous for his inspirational avant garde work during the '20s) and Rohmer (most famed for his sextet of "Moral Tales" during the '60s). To present his chronicle of the human quest for a utopia of personal happiness and fulfillment, Resnais created… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's more memorable for various isolated witticisms and images than it is as a coherent whole. And its flightier touches can be deadly."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A unique and funny film from intellectual French director Resnais."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Resnais raises more questions than he answers in this fascinating three-section parable about utopianism, education and love."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The material manages at once to be both precious and dry, the staging is unprofitably claustrophobic, and the structure less ingenious than arbitrary."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Utopia is folly, though human fluidity here is the stuff of both Wagnerian myth and Gallic farce"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"What happens when a skeptic tackles tranquility? He makes it look dangerous."
‑ Sky Hirschkron, Stylus Magazine
"Resnais speculates on the utopian dream that life is infinitely perfectable, that human chaos, despair and horror can be spirited or educated out of existence. There are two stories, to correspond to each of these possibilities."
‑ , Time Out
"Often very funny and witty."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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