Films to watch

Last Year at Marienbad, 1961

10.11.2017 — by Lolita Kvit


Originally "L'Année Dernière à Marienbad"
Directed by: Alain Resnais
Produced by: Pierre Courau, Raymond Froment, Robert Dorfmann, Anatole Daumann
Country: France, Italy
Language: French
Running time: 94 minutes

Keywords: desorienting, 60's, new wave, French, romantic, surrealism, dream, castle, myths, aesthethic delight, dramatic, love, irrational, muddle, vagueness.

Plot in few words: At a social gathering at a château or baroque hotel, a man approaches a woman. He claims they met the year before at Marienbad and is convinced that she is waiting there for him. The woman insists they have never met.

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Reasons 2 watch: 
- Immense visual and audial delight
- Other-wordly organ solo 
- Iconic French new wave masterpiece
- Atmosphere of the haut monde 
- Baroque interiors

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VD Choice: Be ready to let yourself dissolve it a tottaly tangled, vague and surreal but unspeakably aesthetical masterpiece by Alain Resnais. It would be impossible for any of us to reach the truth and reality but the only thing that is left is to enjoy the delights of enigma in this film and strange baroque chateau decorations. The film continually creates an ambiguity in the spatial and temporal aspects of what it shows, and creates uncertainty in the mind of the spectator about the causal relationships between events. Its dreamlike nature has both fascinated and baffled viewers; many have hailed the work as a masterpiece, while others consider it incomprehensible.  This film was the main inspiration for Karl Lagerfeld's Chanel Spring–Summer 2011 collection. Lagerfeld's show was complete with a fountain and a modern replica of the film's famous garden. Since costumes for this film were done by Coco Chanel, Lagerfeld drew his inspiration from the film and combined the film's gardens with those at Versailles.



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