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Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

L'année dernière à Marienbad (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery | 7 March 1962 (USA)
In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before.



(scenario and dialogue)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Complete credited cast:
Sacha Pitoëff ...
Françoise Bertin ...
Un personnage de l'hôtel
Luce Garcia-Ville ...
Un personnage de l'hôtel
Héléna Kornel ...
Un personnage de l'hôtel
Françoise Spira ...
Un personnage de l'hôtel
Karin Toche-Mittler
Pierre Barbaud ...
Un personnage de l'hôtel
Wilhelm von Deek ...
Un personnage de l'hôtel
Jean Lanier ...
Un personnage de l'hôtel
Gérard Lorin ...
Un personnage de l'hôtel
Davide Montemurri ...
Un personnage de l'hôtel (as Davide Montemuri)
Gilles Quéant ...
Un personnage de l'hôtel
Gabriel Werner


In a huge, old-fashioned luxury hotel a stranger tries to persuade a married woman to run away with him, but it seems she hardly remembers the affair they may have had (or not?) last year at Marienbad. Written by Otto Oberhauser <Oberhauser@cc.univie.ac.at>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It Has The "Marienbad Look"


Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

7 March 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Last Year at Marienbad  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$19,113 (USA) (18 January 2008)


$143,381 (USA) (8 August 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The match game in the movie is named as "Nim". In order to win the game there is only one tactic including a system called "Nim Sum". If both players use this tactic perfectly, then the owner of the first move will eventually lose. Due to the same reason, it is always disadvantageous to start the game first. See more »


Exterior night scenes were shot day-for-night, but the sky and reflections of it were allowed in the frame, and they appear as bright white instead of black. This may have been intentional to emphasize the surreality of the film. See more »


X: I must have you alive. Alive, as you have already been every evening, for weeks, for months.
A: I have never stayed so long anywhere.
X: Yes, I know. I don't care. For days and days. Why don't you still want to remember anything?
A: You're raving! I'm tired, leave me alone!
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High Water Mark
10 March 2005 | by (st louis, missouri) – See all my reviews

After hearing about this film countless times in various interviews and critics books *particularly interviews with Peter Greenaway* I finally decided to give it a shot. And this film has definitely shot into my top five films of all time overnight.

Resnais does a good amount of things in this film that he had tried in 'Hiroshima Mon Amour', but they are all done more effectively in this, his follow-up to Hiroshima. The way the characters interact with each other and with the audience is perfect on every level, driving the confusion of the situation further into your mind as well as the characters. The editing is flawlessly non-linear and non-traditional, the cinematography is some of the best of the period. The setting in the hotel often reminded me of Kubrick's 'The Shining', with the paranoid music and long tracking shots.

I would say the best way to describe this film is 'Hiroshima Mon Amour' with a good touch of Bunuel thrown in. It is intentionally bizarre and leaves much interpretation to the viewer, but never strays into idiotic territory. 9 out of 10.

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