Last Year at Marienbad

Not just a defining work of the French New Wave but one of the great, lasting mysteries of modern art, Alain Resnais' epochal 'Last Year at Marienbad' has been puzzling appreciative viewers for decades. Written by radical master of the New Novel Alain Robbe-Grillet, this surreal fever dream, or nightmare, gorgeously fuses the past with the present in telling its ambiguous tale of a man and a woman (Giorgio Albertazzi and Delphine Seyrig) who may or may not have met a year ago, perhaps at the very same cathedral-like, mirror-filled chateau they now find themselves wandering. Unforgettable in both its confounding details (gilded ceilings, diabolical parlor games, a loaded gun) and haunting scope, Resnais' investigation into the nature of memory is disturbing, romantic, and maybe even a ghost story.

Year: 1961
Genre: Alice's 500 Greatest Films, French Cinema, Based on..., Avant-garde / Experimental, Best of the 1960s, Who am I? Movie Amnesia, Movies (1001 You Must See Before You Die)
Country: France, Italy
Director: Alain Resnais
Starring: Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoeff
Duration: 89 Minutes
Rating: PG
Subtitles: Yes
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