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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 & 4 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

At a weekend gathering, a man tries to convince a woman that they had met there and spent some time together the previous year. The woman has no recollection whatsoever of having met this man and is convinced that he is just making all of this up. The more the man talks about their activities the previous year however, the more convincing he becomes. The question remains however - did they meet previously or not? Written by garykmcd

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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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Trivia

Finnish certificate # 62949 delivered on 5-10-1962. 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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Featured in My Year at Marienbad with Volker Schlondorff (2019) See more »

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A mystery, a love story, and a haunting exploration of memory
7 February 1999 | by louis-16See all my reviews

Scenes at a European spa unfold while a man's mind tries to recollect a love affair of the past season. In one of the most deeply psychological films I have seen, memory itself seems to be the protagonist -- or is it the villain? What plot there is simply provides the material for a meditation on the uncertainty of knowing. The accomplishment of _Last Year at Marienbad_ is to make this point convincingly even in the case of that which one would not expect a man to have difficulty remembering: a sexual involvement and loss. It does so by a hypnotic combination of wheeling, dreamlike images of the resort's architecture and grounds, together with the incantatory, obsessive, recurrent tone of the narrative voice over. In doing this it also transforms a place where people go to be waited on and to play, into a labyrinth haunted by unsmiling shades, where remembering is both impossible and necessary.


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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:

$15,485, 20 January 2008

Gross USA:

$207,917

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$220,009
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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