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

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

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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.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Science Fiction & Fantasy , Special Interest
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Written By:
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Studio:
Terra

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Cast

Delphine Seyrig
as A - The brunette woman
Sacha Pitoëff
as M - The other man with the thin face
Françoise Bertin
as A character from the hotel #1
Luce Garcia-Ville
as A character from the hotel #2
Héléna Kornel
as A character from the hotel #3
Pierre Barbaud
as A character from the hotel #5
Gilles Quéant
as A character from the hotel #10
Jean Lanier
as A character from the hotel #7
Wilhelm von Deek
as A character from the hotel #6
Gerard Lorin
as A character from the hotel #8
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Critic Reviews for L'année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad)

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (9)

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

The movie is what it is -- a sustained mood, an empty allegory, a choreographed moment outside of time, and a shocking intimation of perfection.

January 15, 2008
Village Voice
Top Critic

The film's dreamlike cadences, frozen tableaux, and distilled surrealist poetry are too eerie, too terrifying even, to be shaken off as camp. For all its notoriety, this masterpiece among masterpieces has never really received its due.

Full Review… | January 15, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Obscure, oneiric, it's either some sort of masterpiece or meaningless twaddle.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Stella Dallas
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...

William Sleet
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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