Previously at the ICA - Films
30 Mar 2014 – 6 Apr 2014
'profoundly mysterious and disturbing, a para-surrealist masterpiece' ★★★★★
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Something of a key film in the development of cinematic modernism, partly because it sets up a puzzle that is never resolved: a man meets a woman in a rambling hotel and believes he may have had an affair with her the previous year at Marienbad - but did he? Or was it somewhere else?
Deliberately scrambling chronology to the point where past, present and future become meaningless, Resnais creates a vaguely unsettling mood by means of stylish composition, long, smooth tracking shots along the hotel's deserted corridors, and strangely detached performances. Obscure, oneiric and unforgettable.
Last Year in Marienbad, dir Alain Resnais, France/Italy 1961, 90 mins, cert U