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Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

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

Director:

Alain Resnais

Writer:

Alain Robbe-Grillet (scenario and dialogue)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Françoise Bertin ... Un personnage de l'hôtel
Luce Garcia-Ville Luce Garcia-Ville ... Un personnage de l'hôtel
Héléna Kornel Héléna Kornel ... Un personnage de l'hôtel
Françoise Spira Françoise Spira ... Un personnage de l'hôtel
Karin Toche-Mittler Karin Toche-Mittler
Pierre Barbaud Pierre Barbaud ... Un personnage de l'hôtel
Wilhelm von Deek Wilhelm von Deek ... Un personnage de l'hôtel
Jean Lanier Jean Lanier ... Un personnage de l'hôtel
Gérard Lorin Gérard Lorin ... Un personnage de l'hôtel
Davide Montemurri Davide Montemurri ... Un personnage de l'hôtel (as Davide Montemuri)
Gilles Quéant Gilles Quéant ... Un personnage de l'hôtel
Gabriel Werner 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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"Best Picture" 1961 Lion D'Or Venice Film Festival See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 March 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Last Year at Marienbad See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,113, 20 January 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$143,381, 10 August 2008
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

"Marienbad" is the German name of the spa town Mariánské Lázne, Czech Republic. 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 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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High Water Mark
10 March 2005 | by mattSee 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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