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Last Year In Marienbad

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Inspirational or indulgent? Another chance to make up your mind about Resnais’ stylish mystery

Marienbad review

In a stiffly ornate grand hotel, a man and a woman meet.

He insists they met a year previously and had an affair. She denies ever seeing him before. A sinister, saturnine man – her husband, her lover? – lurks in the background.

Fifty years on, Alain Resnais’ ice-cold enigma of a film still looks as stylish as ever in widescreen B&W, as Sacha Vierny’s camera tracks down endless corridors or lingers transfixed by Delphine Seyrig’s sphinxlike beauty.

A sublime meditation on memory, perception and fantasy – or art-house pretension at its emptiest? The jury’s still out...
 

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    • ivonapoyntz

      Aug 17th 2012, 17:09

      Last year at marienbad opens in medias ras, I think: we're half way through a temporal loop which might actually, if unravelled, put DS's shooting as the final and ultimate scene.

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