Last Year at Marienbad

Last Year at Marienbad

Directed by Alain Resnais • 1961 • France
Starring Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoëff

Not just a defining work of the French New Wave but one of the great, lasting mysteries of modern art, Alain Resnais’ epochal LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD has been puzzling appreciative viewers for decades. Written by radical master of the New Novel Alain Robbe-Grillet, this surreal fever dream, or nightmare, gorgeously fuses the past with the present in telling its ambiguous tale of a man and a woman (Giorgio Albertazzi and Delphine Seyrig) who may or may not have met a year ago, perhaps at the very same cathedral-like, mirror-filled château they now find themselves wandering. Unforgettable in both its confounding details (gilded ceilings, diabolical parlor games, a loaded gun) and haunting scope, Resnais’ investigation into the nature of memory is disturbing, romantic, and maybe even a ghost story.

Last Year at Marienbad
  • Last Year at Marienbad

    Directed by Alain Resnais • 1961 • France
    Starring Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoëff

    Not just a defining work of the French New Wave but one of the great, lasting mysteries of modern art, Alain Resnais’ epochal LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD has been puzzling appreciative viewers for de...

Extras

  • Alain Resnais on LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD

    Film scholar François Thomas, author of “L’atelier d’Alain Resnais,” conducted this rare, in-depth audio interview with director Alain Resnais in 2008.

  • Unraveling the Enigma: The Making of Marienbad

    In this new, thirty-three-minute documentary, many of Alain Resnais’ collaborators—including his assistant directors Jean Léon and Volker Schlöndorff, script girl Sylvette Baudrot, and production designer Jacques Saulnier—reflect on their work with the legendary director.

  • Ginette Vincendeau on LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD

    LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD has been viewed as both cinematic genius and intellectual nonsense, and everything in between. In this interview, film scholar Ginette Vincendeau discusses the various interpretations of the film and elucidates some of its mysteries.

  • Toute la mémoire du monde

    Alain Resnais began his career making documentaries, the most famous of which is his 1955 holocaust film NIGHT AND FOG. TOUTE LA MÉMOIRE DU MONDE (1956) is a poetic piece about the French national library in Paris and the archiving of memory that looks forward to his later films HIROSHIMA MON AMO...

  • Le chant du styrène

    Directed by Alain Resnais • 1959 • France

    Poetic and aesthetic visit of a large polystyrene factory.

  • LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD Trailer