Play Dates

December 4        Boulder, CO        INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES

December 16 – 17, 22, & 28        Vancouver, BC        THE CINEMATHEQUE

Last Year at Marienbad Play Dates

Illustration by Keiko Kimura


France, 1961
Director: Alain Resnais
Producer: Pierre Courau, Raymond Froment
Cast: Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoëff
Screenwriter: Alain Robbe-Grillet
Cinematography: Sacha Vierny
Music: Francis Seyrig
Genre: Drama
Black & White
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 (Dyaliscope)
Language: French with English subtitles
Running Time: 93 minutes

Ominous organ music resounds and the scope camera tracks through the seemingly endless halls of a baroque grand hotel as X (Giorgio Albertazzi) tries to persuade an initially disbelieving A (Delphine Seyrig) that they had met the year before. With dizzying time shifts and flashbacks, Last Year at Marienbad is the ultimate puzzle film.

Awards and Nominations:
Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival, 1961)
Best Film (French Syndicate of Cinema Critics, 1962)
Best Original Screenplay nomination (Academy Awards, 1963)
Best Film nomination (BAFTA Awards, 1963)

Reviews and Quotes 2

"One of the strangest artifacts of cinema other film has affected fashion as deeply."
— Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

— Mark Harris, The New York Times

"The movie is what it is - a sustained mood, an empty allegory, a choreographed moment outside of time, and a shocking intimation of perfection."
— J. Hoberman

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