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Henri Bernstein (play)
Alain Resnais (adaptation)
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Release Date:
3 September 1986 (France) See more »
In Paris in the 1920s, a concert violinist meets and falls in love with a stylish young flapper who's the wife of an old friend... See more » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 8 nominations See more »
(3 articles)
Cannes: Sabine Azema named Caméra d’or jury president
 (From ScreenDaily. 5 May 2015, 4:38 AM, PDT)

Alain Resnais obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 2 March 2014, 4:05 PM, PST)

"The Ice Storm," "Mélo"
 (From IFC. 1 April 2008, 6:53 AM, PDT)

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Directed by
Alain Resnais 
Writing credits
Henri Bernstein (play)

Alain Resnais (adaptation)

Produced by
Marin Karmitz .... producer
Catherine Lapoujade .... executive producer
Original Music by
Philippe-Gérard  (as M. Philippe-Gérard)
Cinematography by
Charles Van Damme  (as Charlie Van Damme)
Film Editing by
Albert Jurgenson 
Production Design by
Jacques Saulnier 
Costume Design by
Catherine Leterrier 
Makeup Department
Christophe Carita .... hair stylist: Azema
Dominique de Vorges .... makeup artist
Sylvie Mathevet .... hair stylist
Production Management
Catherine Lapoujade .... production manager
Dominique Toussaint .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Florence Malraux .... assistant director
Philippe Worms .... second assistant director
Art Department
Pierre Galliard .... property master
Philippe Turlure .... assistant set decorator
Sound Department
Jocelyne Cartier-Stern .... post-synchronization (as Jocelyne Cartier)
Daniel Couteau .... foley artist
Gérard Manneveau .... foley artist
Jacques Maumont .... sound mixer
Henri Morelle .... sound
Olivier Villette .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Patrick Biré .... grip
Gilbert Duhalde .... camera operator
François Hernandez .... second assistant camera
Alain Huylebroeck .... electrician
Eric Kerbiriou .... grip
Thierry Labille .... electrician
Bernard Largemain .... key grip
Jean-Claude Le Bras .... gaffer (as Jean-Claude LeBras)
Jean-Louis Sonzogni .... apprentice camera operator
Luigi Bisioli .... gaffer (uncredited)
Arthur Cloquet .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jenny E. Davidson .... apprentice costumer
Hélène Robin .... costumer
Editorial Department
Jean-Pierre Besnard .... associate editor
Thomas Bouffioulx .... digital intermediate - restoration
Martine Fleury .... assistant editor
Location Management
Jean-Pierre Nossereau .... location manager
Other crew
Vladimir Barjansky .... warranty
Sylvette Baudrot .... script supervisor
Sylvie Chevereau-Marchais .... production administrator
Marguerite Lemarchand .... production secretary
Jean-Michel Nicollet .... stage curtain creator
Georges Pansu .... title designer
Eva Simonet .... press attache
Caroline Thivel .... script supervisor trainee
Crew believed to be complete

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112 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Movie Connections:
Version of Der träumende Mund (1953)See more »
Sonate pour violon et piano en sol majeur, Op 78See more »


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A trite melodrama made into a mesmerizing movie, 2 October 1999
Author: alberto f. cañas ( from San José, Costa Rica

If the chief merit of Last Year at Marienbad was to hypnotize the viewer with a story that may or may not have happened or be happening, director Alan Resnais achieved the same effect fifteen years later with Melo, a trite play from the boulevard theatre of Paris. The eternal triangle, wrapped in pretentious dialogue which was the trade mark of playwright Henry Bernstein. To admire Resnais achievement, one has only to look at the previous film from the same source: Paul Czinner's Dreaming Lips (1936)starring his elfin-like wife Elisabeth Bergner, a very good melodramatic film with a magnificent work by Miss Bergner and Raymond Massey, but nothing more. The Resnais film hypnotizes you and forbids you to apart your eyes from the screen, simply by moving the camera among the characters in close-up after close-up, while they deliver an extremely intelligent but not specially profound dialog. A six-minute close up of André Dussolier while he tells a story, is only one of the astounding achievements of the director in treating a film as if it were a play and at the same time treating a play as if it were a film. We have even a curtain between the acts. But the marvelous camera movements make all the difference. I know nothing about Sabine Azema (except that she won the French Cesar award for her work in this film) but certainly her performance in Melo is something that anybody would like to tell about to his grandchildren. The film is slow, but you don't feel it as slow, because all the performers are taking their work seriously, and giving their best to their parts. Melo proves that Alain Resnais is a true artist. Many have tried to do something like Melo, but only Resnais has succeeded. I must be fair and declare here that I did not care a bit for Hiroshima mon Amour.

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