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L’Année dernière à Marienbad (1961)

France/Italy 94m, B&W
Director: Alain Resnais; Cast: Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoëff

MarienbadIncomprehensible, 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).


3 comments on “L’Année dernière à Marienbad (1961)

  1. Klaus

    Though mercifully only 94m, it felt as if I spent a year in Marienbad.

  2. SJHoneywell

    I could not agree more. This emperor has no clothes, and I’m a bit tired of the clove-cigarette-and-beret crowd arguing about the color and fit of that non-existent clothing.

    • Klaus

      I just had a good laugh at re-reading all the comments on your blog for this one. I’d completely forgotten that I had joined in on the conversation about 5 years ago – and had indicated that I was looking forward to watching any movie that could incite such responses 🙂

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