Last Year at Marienbad (The Criterion Collection)
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DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES: • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Alain Resnais • New audio interview with Resnais • New documentary on the making of Last Year at Marienbad, featuring interviews with many of Resnais’ collaborators • New video interview with film scholar Ginette Vincendeau on the history of the film and its many mysteries • Two short documentaries by Resnais: Toute la mémoire du monde (1956) and Le chant du styrène (1958) • Theatrical trailer • Optional original, unrestored French soundtrack • New and improved subtitle translation • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critic Mark Polizzotti and film scholar François Thomas, and Alain Robbe-Grillet’s introduction to the published screenplay and comments on the film
Stills from Last Year at Marienbad (Click for larger image)
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Marienbad is a cine-roman, a cinematic novel, that is, a particular way to tell a story, which by definition involves space and time. It is not simultaneously a novel and a film, but it uses certain techniques of the novel and of the cinema. Resnais uses a variety of cinematographic techniques: the use of "atmosphere," or mise-en-scene, to provoke an emotional response on the audience's part; the use of "dream" sequences, flashbacks and flash forwards as they relate to imagistic or observational characterizations of a character's imagination; the use of visual and audio montages to disrupt the chronological time and replace the temporal and linear narration by his mise-en-scene's spaces. As a result, it is necessary to view each Resnais film completely in order to understand its structure and discourse. This is especially true for Marienbad, where a second and even a third viewing are necessary to fully appreciate the structure and the details.Read more ›
I greatly admire and love this movie; I believe it to be a masterpiece of French cinema. This is a work that you'll watch over and over and of which you will not tire. A labyrinthian intrigue unfolds in an icily beautiful sprawling baroque palace --a dream-like deluxe palace hotel where tuxedos and evening dresses are de rigueur . Along with the protagonists you will enjoy losing yourself over and over in this enchanted yet disquieting movie.
He ("X " in the official script --he remains nameless in the movie) and She ("A" in the official script --also nameless in the movie) had met last year at Marienbad (thus the title). That's what he says. A romantic encounter, apparently. A short-lived affair, a summer long liaison? The true nature of their relationship is never disclosed. If they did not have an affair might they not have exchanged only a promise to elope, or merely agreed to meet again a year later? Did He grant her one year's reflection time to decide whether to follow him and leave her husband? Ah, yes, her husband is there also, a witness and party to this mystifying situation; quite a dispassionate and remote witness though.Read more ›
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I am a fan of Delphine Seyrig since I first saw her in the classic, "Day of the Jackal," but this was one of those artsy flicks that has to be deciphered. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Norgelin
HATE AND LOVE ARE IRREPRESSIONIST and SINCE said numerous times t moiself... ONE STAR IS THE HIGHEST. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David Jones
The film itself is a work of art and has been recognized as such since its release fifty-four years ago. Read morePublished 1 month ago by user
Last Year at Marienbad is a movie that must be seen several times in order to understand the plot, or decide if there is a plot. Read morePublished 4 months ago by David De Roach
Extraordinary movie, if you are open to something out of what you habitually see in theaters. A true masterpiece with a haunting music!
A must see!!
A great favorite in art cinemas in the early 1960s, it was said to be a milestone in the movie making art, as indeed it was: one step forward, three steps back. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Walter J. Jamieson Jr.
I watched this film in my film class and thought this was the worst film I had ever seen in my life. Read morePublished 12 months ago by pianoguy87
This is arguably one of the best films ever made. Although its non linear narrative and dream sequence style of story telling mad npot be for everyone. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Paul Bates
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|Robbe-Grillet movies on DVD||
Is L'Immortelle (English title: The Immortal One ) available in ANY format? I used to show a 16mm print of the film in my classes and I have Robbe-Grillet's cine-novel of it (Calder & Boyars, 1971). I think the film was distributed by Grove Press.
Jun 30, 2009 by W. Chamberlain | See all 4 posts
|"Optional original, unrestored French soundtrack"||
Check this link:
Jun 9, 2009 by Patrick | See all 3 posts
|is this region locked?||
Criterion's website says that all of their Blu-Rays are region-coded:
Which is a total bummer as there's not much hope for a decent release outside of the US.
Looks like a region-free Blu-Ray player is the way to go.
Jun 23, 2009 by Marcus Round | See all 2 posts