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Last Year at Marienbad

L’année dernière à Marienbad

Directed by Alain Resnais
France, Italy, 1961
Avant-Garde, Mystery


With a screenplay by Alain Robbe-Grillet, this haunting, seminal work of the French New Wave is a dreamlike mosaic taking place at an unusual luxury hotel where a man tries to remind a married woman of the affair they may or may not have had a year prior.

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Last Year at Marienbad Directed by Alain Resnais

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1961 | Winner: Golden Lion

2018 | Venice Classics

Academy Awards

1963 | Nominee: Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen

With Jacques Saulnier’s glittering production designs, Francis Seyrig’s haunting organ-based score, and above all the glamour of its stars—especially Delphine Seyrig in her Coco Chanel and Bernard Evein gowns—Resnais makes it almost sinfully easy to simply sink into its landscape of desire, recollection, and regret. We may never know what really happens in Last Year at Marienbad, but the confusion remains as beautiful as ever.
November 16, 2016
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Film Forum is screening [Hiroshima mon amour and Last Year at Marienbad] as a double feature, which sounds as obvious as it is revelatory. It bridges the space between canonical status and the astonishing start of a career, offering a window into a moment when cinema was quickly, definitively changed.
August 31, 2016
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The frozen romanticism of the film—a story of a man and a woman who meet at a castle-like hotel and may or may not actually have been a couple the previous year—is not the odd element out in the director’s filmography. Rather, its psychological intrigue and its glossy, repressed images of ornate, oppressive settings are Resnais’s way of pursuing, from different angles, themes similar to those of his other, more overtly political films.
March 22, 2011
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