L'année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad)
L'année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad) (1961)

This experimental New Wave film features stunning imagery, while deliberately avoiding conventional plot and character development. At an elegant European resort, a man encounters a woman and claims they met at a spa the previous year. But… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 25, 1961
DVD Release Date: February 23, 1999
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Elegantly enigmatic and dreamlike, this work of essential cinema features exquisite cinematography and an exploration of narrative still revisited by filmmakers today.

Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune

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

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

The movie is what it is -- a sustained mood, an empty allegory, a choreographed moment outside of time, and a shocking intimation of perfection.

Quentin Curtis
Independent on Sunday

It's more rewarding to treat the film as a poem, drinking in the icily majestic images, and realising that wherever Resnais' endless tracking shots are leading, it's not towards meaning.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

Marienbad is elegantly hermetic, a ravishing waxworks that has stillness at its heart.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Adam Mars-Jones
Independent (UK)

The visual moments that remain in the mind are without exception locked into place by the intensity of the score.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Remains one of cinema's glorious enigmas, endlessly compelling and intriguing.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Obscure, oneiric, it's either some sort of masterpiece or meaningless twaddle.

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Cole Smithey

[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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A mesmerizing film that impresses for Resnais' exceptional direction as he creates an enigmatic dreamlike experience that blends memory and reality through… More
Dan Schultz
An intriguing, stylistic, but plodding picture concerning anonymous figures, one of which being an aggressive male trying convince a beautiful female that the… More
Stella Dallas
a comedy? a horror film? a total mind fuck that was a big influence on kubrick and lynch, it's like the perfect melding of antonioni and bunuel. an amazing… More
Aj V
I saw this movie for a class, but I didn't watch the entire film because it's so slow and boring, but it is actually pretty atmospheric most of the… More
William Sleet
Defiantly indefinable, frustrating and utterly mesmerising (literally). On a very superficial level, North by Northwest as a jigsaw puzzle with half the pieces… More
Robert C
If you go into this film thinking of it more as a poem about someone's memory of an "affair" (love / obsession / lust) that has been pulled from… More