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Life is a Bed of Roses

Life is a Bed of Roses (1983)

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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

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Feb 19, 2008

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It's more memorable for various isolated witticisms and images than it is as a coherent whole. And its flightier touches can be deadly.

June 30, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

June 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The material manages at once to be both precious and dry, the staging is unprofitably claustrophobic, and the structure less ingenious than arbitrary.

June 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A unique and funny film from intellectual French director Resnais.

June 21, 2010 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Utopia is folly, though human fluidity here is the stuff of both Wagnerian myth and Gallic farce

February 14, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
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Often very funny and witty.

February 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Resnais raises more questions than he answers in this fascinating three-section parable about utopianism, education and love.

January 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

What happens when a skeptic tackles tranquility? He makes it look dangerous.

June 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Stylus Magazine

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