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Director:
Writer:
Alain Robbe-Grillet (scenario and dialogue)
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Release Date:
7 March 1962 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
It Has The "Marienbad Look"
Plot:
Takes place in a chateau, an ambiguous story of a man and a woman who may or may not have met last year at Marienbad. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Want a precious hint? Read the novella "La Jalousie" by Robbe-Grillet See more (108 total) »

Cast

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Delphine Seyrig ... A - la femme brune
Giorgio Albertazzi ... X - l'homme à l'accent italien
Sacha Pitoëff ... M - l'autre homme au visage maigre, le mari
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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Alan Edwards ... English Introduction (uncredited)
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Directed by
Alain Resnais 
 
Writing credits
Alain Robbe-Grillet (scenario and dialogue)

Produced by
Pierre Courau .... producer
Anatole Dauman .... producer
Robert Dorfmann .... co-producer
Raymond Froment .... producer
 
Original Music by
Francis Seyrig 
 
Cinematography by
Sacha Vierny 
 
Film Editing by
Jasmine Chasney 
Henri Colpi 
 
Production Design by
Jacques Saulnier 
 
Set Decoration by
Jean-Jacques Fabre 
Georges Glon 
André Piltant 
 
Costume Design by
Bernard Evein 
 
Makeup Department
Alexandre Marcus .... key makeup artist
Éliane Marcus .... makeup artist (as Elyane Marcus)
 
Production Management
Michel Choquet .... post-production supervisor
Jean-Jacques Lécot .... assistant production manager
Léon Sanz .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean Léon .... first assistant director
Florence Malraux .... second assistant director
Volker Schlöndorff .... second assistant director (as Volker Schloendorff)
 
Art Department
Jean-Jacques Fabre .... assistant art director
Georges Glon .... assistant art director
Charles Merangel .... set dresser
André Piltant .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Robert Cambourakis .... sound assistant
Jean-Claude Marchetti .... sound
Jean Nény .... sound re-recording mixer
René Renault .... sound
Guy Villette .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Louis Balthazard .... key grip
Philippe Brun .... camera operator
Guy Delattre .... first assistant camera
Elie Fontanille .... chief electrician
François Lauliac .... second assistant camera
Georges Pierre .... still photographer
René Stocki .... key grip
 
Music Department
André Girard .... conductor
Marie-Louise Girod .... musician: Orgue
 
Other crew
Sylvette Baudrot .... script girl
Jean Fouchet .... title designer
Noelle Gillmor .... english subtitles: original version with subtitles
Janine Thaon .... production secretary
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'année dernière à Marienbad" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
94 min
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Trivia:
The characters in the hotel attend a performance of a Henrik Ibsen play. Director Alain Resnais discovered Delphine Seyrig in an American stage production of Ibsen's "Enemy of the People".See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 wanders through the hotel's corridors cataloging items he sees]
X:Empty salons. Corridors. Salons. Doors. Doors. Salons. Empty chairs, deep armchairs, thick carpets. Heavy hangings. Stairs, steps. Steps, one after the other. Glass objects, objects still intact, empty glasses. A glass that falls, three, two, one, zero. Glass partition, letters.
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Referenced in The Best of Blur (2000) (V)See more »

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143 out of 158 people found the following review useful.
Want a precious hint? Read the novella "La Jalousie" by Robbe-Grillet, 3 December 2003
Author: debblyst from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

It's useless to speculate on the "real" meaning of this dream-like movie that is an investigation on the mechanics of memory, and has the absolutely unique feature of allowing as many interpretations as there have been viewers since it opened to change cinematic grammar, decades ago. I've seen it 4 or 5 times over a span of some 25 years and still find it sumptuously directed, endlessly fascinating, eerie, one of my favorite movies of all time, and above all, an O-R-I-G-I-N-A-L !! Every movie ever made since "Marienbad" has a direct or indirect debt to it, as it abandoned (and subverted) objective story-telling tradition and entered the realm of total subjectivity, challenging movie audiences' intelligence, attention and perception. Of course, it's not meant for viewers who associate movies with light entertainment, though anyone who's ever wondered about his/her own mnemonic idiosyncrasies -- the diffuse, random, inaccurate way we recall facts and sometimes even mix them with imagined stuff -- surely COULD relate to this masterpiece.

There has been many conjectures as to the subject and the plot. Well, if you want a good hint, let me give you a precious one: read the novella "La Jalousie" (Jealousy, 1957), by Alain Robbe-Grillet, who is also the screenwriter of "Marienbad". "La Jalousie" is the thematic and "ideological" inspiration for "Marienbad".

Robbe-Grillet (one of the top names of the French "Nouveau Roman" movement along with Nathalie Sarraute, Marguerite Duras, Michel Butor, etc), was a former agronomist/ mathematician (and his writing shows it) who became a writer/filmmaker with a very personal, geometrical, unemotional, descriptive style. The novella "La Jalousie", like most Nouveau Roman books, is essentially cinematic in their approach of characters and plot, functioning like a film camera, a non-opinionated unobtrusive observer, but insightfully revealing in its "detachment".

His novella "La Jalousie" is a fascinating, maze-like circular construction, in which beginning and end mingle many times over, each time from a different perspective, just like observing a house or a sculpture from different angles one at a time -- which means each angle is only partially accurate, revealing but a portion of the truth, while hiding another. The "observer/narrator" in the book (the husband, but written in the third person - "he") tries to locate in PLACE and TIME the precise moment in which the feeling of jealousy arises in him as he tries to find the extent of his wife's relationship with another man (a.k.a. the threesome in the film). Did an affair really happen? Is it yet going to happen? Or is it his imagination, his suspicion, just his jealous feeling? (btw, this is the same theme as Proust's incomparable masterpiece "La Prisonnière", treated in antipodal, totally psychological, but equally obsessive style).

As in most "Nouveau Roman" novels, the notion of TIME in "La Jalousie" (and also in "Marienbad") is transformed and deformed; the approach of the characters is non-psychological, meaning that thoughts and outbursts of emotion are not dealt with, only the description of places, words, gestures and actions. Everything (even a very strong feeling like the birth of jealousy) is apprehended only through the observation of external facts: small gestures, the position of a chair or a table, a glass found full or empty, an unexpected sound, the way the woman combs her hair or looks at herself in the mirror, a suddenly unusual way of getting up or sitting down which leads to the husband's perception that something has suddenly, dangerously, definitely changed.

Well, it made very much sense to me that language-experimentalist book-worm Alain Resnais (think of all of his movies which were based on literature) and his fascination with memory and the brain (think "Hiroshima Mon Amour", "Je t'Aime Je t'Aime" and "Mon Oncle d'Amérique") should venture in constructing this film in visual terms using the geometrical structure of the novel (hence the breathtaking serpentine camera movements), with no beginning or end, respecting its "external", non-psychological, non-motivational approach of the characters and the plot, never condescending to "explanations".

See the film and read the book! I'm sure that, if you've liked (or been baffled by) the film on a first viewing, you'll have many insights on a second viewing of this absorbing, totally fascinating movie after reading the book on which it is structurally/esthetically based. While it's not essential to do so, it could be kind of a bonus! What else can I say? A definitive, revolutionary, undisputed film classic - 10/10

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