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The Game

30 July 2010 12:54 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Last Year at Marienbad is often relegated to a peak of the separate-but-not-quite-equal Left Bank branch of the French New Wave, but as revealed in a longform interview with director Alain Resnais by André Labarthe and Jacques Rivette (Cahiers du cinéma, September 1961) Marienbad was major influence on French New Wave filmmaking strategies, particularly on Rivette. In fact, the seeds of a style that we have come to think of as definitively Rivettian are seen germinating in that director's questions, analysis and dubiousness about Resnais's declarations in segments from the interview reprinted below.

The co-authors begin the piece by describing Marienbad as "a 'sealed' work, without detail" and then go on, as their logic follows, to immediately question Resnais about the game played throughout the movie by the two leading men, which is a motif, an obsession and a linchpin.


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