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Not just a defining work of the French New Wave but one of the great, lasting mysteries of modern art, Alain Resnais’ epochal visual poem has been puzzling appreciative viewers for decades. A surreal fever dream, or perhaps a nightmare, Last Year at Marienbad (L’année dernière à Marienbad), written by the radical master of the New Novel, Alain Robbe-Grillet, gorgeously fuses the past with the present in telling its ambiguous tale of a man and a woman (Giorgio Albertazzi and Delphine Seyrig) who may or may not have met a year ago, perhaps at the very same cathedral-like, mirror-bedecked château they now find themselves wandering. Unforgettable in both its confounding details (gilded ceilings, diabolical parlor games, a loaded gun) and haunting scope, Resnais’ investigation into the nature of memory is disturbing, romantic, and maybe even a ghost story.
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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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 17 days 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 7 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 8 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 15 months ago by Paul Bates
A weird, weird, weird movie. I need to watch it again...and probably again to try and figure this one out. B&W is sharp as a tack.Published 16 months ago by Whitey
If you're interested in this film at all I suggest laying your hands on the Criterion edition before the price climbs any higher. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Gryphon X
Nine Things about the Movie “Last Year at Marienbad”
1. Released over 50 years ago, this movie is still considered highly controversial. Read more
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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 3 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