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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.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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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
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Storyline

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>

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Evocative, compelling, fascinating, different - an important motion picture, an exceptional work of art from the brilliant See more »

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7 March 1962 (USA)  »

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Last Year at Marienbad  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

This film was the main inspiration for Karl Lagerfeld's Chanel Spring-Summer 2011 collection. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Pasila: Non, je ne regrette rien (2012) See more »

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2nd weirdest/incomprehensible film ever
29 June 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

My top 5: Alain Robbe-Grillet's "L'Imortelle" takes number 1 (by a landslide), and its a tie between David Lynch's Eraserhead & Blue Velvet for position 3, closely followed by Louis Buñuel's "Andalusian Dog" and Stan Brackage's "Dog Star Man" (which I would have rated number 1, except that I hated that so much I will not give it the satisfaction of being highly rated in any category!) and finally "Koyanisquatsi" which I defy any to explain or justify!

So - Last Year At Marienbad, in a nutshell, assume French Accent:

Verse 1: Man: I know you. Woman: You do not know me. Man: We were here. Woman: I was never here. Chorus: Man: Long strange monologue about the place that they are at, Marienbad. And how he has been here before and how she has been here before. Camera: panning about the ornate Marienbad mansion. Verse 2: (repeat verse 1 - add very interesting game of pick-up sticks) Chorus repeat verses 1 & 2

I think everyone should see this film. I don't know why. I have seen it numerous times. No, I have never seen it. Yes, I saw it last year! No, last year I did not see it. Yes, I saw it here, with me. Wait, I'm alone. Who am I talking to?


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