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

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

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

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

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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 the woman, who is accompanied by another man, responds with apparent bewilderment.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Alain Robbe-Grillet
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 23, 1999
Runtime:
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Cast

Delphine Seyrig
as A - The brunette wom...
Sacha Pitoëff
as M - The other man wi...
Françoise Bertin
as A character from the...
Luce Garcia-Ville
as A character from the...
Héléna Kornel
as A character from the...
Pierre Barbaud
as A character from the...
Wilhelm von Deek
as A character from the...
Jean Lanier
as A character from the...
Gerard Lorin
as A character from the...
Gilles Quéant
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Critic Reviews for L'année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad)

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (11)

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

Full Review… | May 1, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 29, 2008
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 1, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

[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.

Full Review… | August 18, 2014
ColeSmithey.com

The poster child of cinematic modernism, one of those early-'60s event films that seemed to break every rule classical Hollywood ever codified.

Full Review… | December 21, 2011
Slant Magazine

I've always found it romantic and sexy, full of yearning and mystery.

Full Review… | July 10, 2011
Observer (UK)

Audience Reviews for L'année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad)

½

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 looking nightmare

rubystevens
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

½

Defiantly indefinable, frustrating and utterly mesmerising (literally).
On a very superficial level, North by Northwest as a jigsaw puzzle with half the pieces missing.
You may very easily dismiss it as indulgent pretense but us cinephiles are too busy having our retinas burned by staring into the heart of cinema's most incandescent jewel...

McKittrick
William Sleet

Super Reviewer

An intriguing, stylistic, but plodding picture concerning anonymous figures, one of which being an aggressive male trying convince a beautiful female that the two of them had an affair a year ago that day. The film has tons of style and gets tricky with the camera, especially near the conclusion, but this is literally one of the longest movies I felt I have seen - and it is only 93 minutes long! Sure, the acting is good, and this is pretty good melodrama, but it is a film that refuses to tie up any loose ends, and as a result, feels disappointing. Ambiguous endings are great when done correctly, sadly this film misses out.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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