Last Year at Marienbad (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES: • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Alain Resnais, with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack • 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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Many years ago, when my brother came home after seeing this film, he said , "I've just seen either the best, or the worst, film ever!". Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 5 months ago by Norgelin
HATE AND LOVE ARE IRREPRESSIONIST and SINCE said numerous times t moiself... ONE STAR IS THE HIGHEST. Read morePublished 7 months 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 7 months 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 10 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 16 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 17 months ago by pianoguy87
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