Last Year at Marienbad
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Set in a luxury hotel in Europe, one resident becomes infatuated with a young woman and tries to persuade her that they had an affair the year before at Marienbad.
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This version of the film is unique in that it offers the viewer both the original and remastered soundtrack. Alain Resnais believed that the remastered versions of soundtracks often sacrificed the range of tonalities found in the originals, and so he stipulated that the viewer have the choice to hear either version when viewing the film.
This disc also offers other extras not found on my VHS tape, such as a new audio interview with the director, and a couple of short documentaries by Resnais, "Le chant du styrene"(1958), and "Toute la memoire du monde"(1956), as well as a documentary about the making of the film, and a new interview with film scholar Ginette Vincendeau.
All in all it's a real treat to finally see this defining avant garde work in Blu-ray.
In this myriad of dialogue and images - it may help for the viewer to know that several times throughout this film Nim is played. Nim is a strategical game based on a mathematical theory where players takes turns removing objects from a pile. Each move affects the decision to be made by the next player - reaction to action. Within this game there are a finite number of possible moves, and each successive move helps define the outcome. The film applies this game's principle of intellectual finesse to the two male leads - with the woman being the metaphorical prize. The challenger in this game must perfect his strategy to overtake the more experienced player.
Last Year at Marienbad is puzzling film open to widespread speculation. Any claims of complete definement are purely conjecture - for this was Alain Resnais' intention. The film has exquisite cinematography and its accompanying music, while eerie, is somehow befitting of the narrative. Last Year at Marienbad is probably the most unique film to come from the French New Wave. Its abstract nature challenges the audience in ways few other films can. While some may dismiss the film as nothing more than slow paced nonsense, many others including myself consider Resnais' film a masterpiece. Criterion's Blu-ray edition will not disappoint - incredible transfer and well packaged.
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