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Last Year at Marienbad

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Original title
L'Annèe dernière à Marienbad
Year
Running time
91 min.
Country
France France
Director
Screenwriter
Alain Robbe-Grillet
Music
Francis Seyrig
Cinematography
Sacha Vierny (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
Co-production France-Italy;
Genre
Drama. Mystery. Romance | Nouvelle vague (New Wave). Surrealism. Experimental Cinema. Cult Movie
Synopsis / Plot
A cinematic puzzle, Alain Resnais' Last Year at Marienbad is a radical exploration of the formal possibilities of film. Beautifully shot in Cinemascope by Sacha Vierny, the movie is a riddle of seduction, a mercurial enigma darting between a present and past which may not even exist, let alone converge. The film stars Giorgio Albertazzi as an unnamed sophisticate attempting to convince a similarly nameless woman (Delphine Seyrig) that they met and were romantically involved a year ago in the same enormous, baroque European hotel. In the end, it hardly matters -- they're not characters so much as pawns anyway. Hypnotically dreamlike, Last Year at Marienbad is a surrealist parody of Hollywood melodrama, a high-fashion romance with a dark, alien underbelly. According to screenwriter Alain Robbe-Grillet, the movie is a pure construction, without a frame of reference outside of its own existence -- the lives of its characters begin when the lights go down, and conclude when they come back up. - Jason Ankeny, All Movie Guide
Awards
1962: Oscar: Nominated for Best Original Screenplay
1962: BAFTA Awards: Nominated to Best Film
1961: Venice Film Festival: Golden Lion - Best Film
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