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L'année dernière à Marienbad
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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 »
User Reviews:
The Persistence of Memory See more (109 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alan Edwards ... English Introduction (uncredited)

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:
French visa # 23862.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 Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV)See more »

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63 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
The Persistence of Memory, 13 June 1999
Author: Bill Perkins (wperkins@onramp.net) from Dallas, TX

The title of Dali's best known work is an apt description of this film. A man meets a woman at a European spa and tries to convince her (and himself) that they met one year ago. While the plot is simple, its presentation is not. I first saw L'annee derniere a Marienbad while taking a French Film class in college. Of the dozen or so films we watched, Marienbad has stayed with me the longest. The nameless protagonist's memories repeat, sometimes minutely changed, sometimes not. The same organ motifs echo again and again, all against the backdrop of elegant hallways and sitting rooms. Through all this, the man attempts to spirit the woman away from her husband/companion, while at the same time establish once and for all what happened last year and what did not. More than any other film, Marienbad has shown me the difference between American film conventions and what else is possible. While so many American releases are rigidly plot driven, Marienbad uses film as a tool for exploration and introspection. Instead of linear story telling, director Resnais allows his characters to explore the details of what may be memory or just imagination. Against a detached, almost stoical background of extras and cool interiors, Delphin Seyrig and Giorgio Albertazzi display a sharp contrast of passion, pleading, and denial. I agree with a previous reviewer that much of the look of Marienbad has been appropriated by commercials for perfume; however, if you haven't seen this film before, you most likely have never seen anything quite so surreal.

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