RESNAIS and ROBBE-GRILLET – The wanderers of imagination
Last Year in Marienbad (Blu-ray) Studio Canal Ltd
A stunning new restoration of one of the most enigmatic and distinctive films ever made, this astounding collaboration between director Alain Resnais (Night and Fog) and leading French novelist Alain Robbe-Grillet is a key moment in the French New Wave. In a baroque spa hotel, an unnamed sophisticate (Giorgio Albertazzi) attempts to persuade a similarly unnamed married woman (Delphine Seyrig) that they have not only previously met, but that they were also romantically involved and had planned to elope together. The woman recalls no such encounter and so begins a sensual and philosophical examination of the uncertainty of truth. Strikingly composed and beautifully shot in Cinemascope by Sacha Vierny, Last Year in Marienbad hypnotically merges chronology to radically blur the boundaries of reality and fantasy. A seductive and utterly fascinating cinematic puzzle, the film has been astonishing audiences for over forty years.
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