in about 100 words or less
France/Italy 94m, B&W
Director: Alain Resnais; Cast: Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoëff
Incomprehensible, and arguably the pinnacle of pretentious filmmaking, Last Year at Marienbad consists of a well-dressed cast staring blankly, spouting tedious dialogue and wandering around a palace without purpose. To make matters even more confusing, the characters appear to jump through space and time for no apparent reason. Though beautifully shot and regarded as an artistic masterpiece by many critics, Marienbad’s deliberately obtuse construction was undoubtedly intended to confuse and create controversy. In this respect, the film should be considered a success, insofar as it has been able to keep audiences arguing about meaning, where none exists (Klaus Ming February 2016).