Okay, I've made up my mind. I think I really did enjoy it.
Baroque defined; also, modernism, couture, ethereality - the definitive floating camera. Beyond the glittering façade and precision editing: Marienbad as limbo for the bourgeois’ eternal languish, without recourse from the suffocating opulence or unfulfilled yearnings. Intensified by its fragmented, weightless procession; cryptically caught between garish recollection and lurid diegesis. In its own unique consciousness, emotionally stunted - without the unleashed passion of Hiroshima, mon amour - but stylistically groundbreaking, and for that: striking detachment.
"the park of this hotel was a kind of garden a la francaise without any trees or flowers, without any foliage... gravel, stone, marble and straight lines marked out rigid spaces, surfaces without mystery. it seemed, at first glance, impossible to get lost here... down straight paths, between the statues with frozen gestures and the granite slabs, where you were now already getting lost, forever, in the calm night, alone with me."
This film displays the best use of black and white film that I've ever seen. One of the most shocking things about this film, for me, is that it seemed to happen so quickly. Time went away from me while watching it. The score will certainly instill anxiety or mild terror in anyone listening to it, yet it stays calm at the same time. I don't know what I watched but I am absolutely captivated. Avant-garde at its best
I'm a huge fan of this film. It grabs your attention so intensely. The strange music makes me to turn the volume way down, but I can also see its value. I think the eerie chill and Poe-esque horror need it. I love how it's so quietly odd. The slow pace is great if you're looking for it or expecting it. I remember that I loved Lawrence of Arabia because I was looking forward to a slow movie.
Never look at some hypothetical narrative, embrace this film for what it is: an exercise in the elusiveness of memories. Shot beautifully and equally haunting, this film is a classic for your above average moviegoer.
into something viewers will probably never fully comprehend. But do they really have to? Gorgeous cinematography, the most unusual of acting, and a labyrinth of a story blend
I didn't fall in love with this like many other cinephiles have. The overbearing score was a big drawback for me unfortunately and the constant voice-over narration from start to finish didn't sit well. Beautifully crafted, but hollow. Not sure if this puzzle is enticing enough to attempt solving. But perhaps the narrative rewards repeat viewings.
I watched this again pretty recently. I feel like a damn fool for not recognizing it as the total masterpiece that it is the first time I saw it! Totally raising my rating from a 4 to a 5. The cinematography is perhaps the definition of perfection and the movie is hypnotic, haunting, and beautiful in all the best ways. Must have been in a bad mood first time I saw it cause I loved it so much more the 2nd time around!
Such a great camera work. The opposition of light and shadow thrills and mesmerizes and makes every shot a real masterpiece of visual art. As a matter of fact, the form prevails over the plot (still, Rob-Grillet's dialogues are fascinating. But they could have easily be different, and nothing would have changed.)
Yikes. I'm not even sure what to think about this film. I imagine this is the sort of thing my friends would find incredibly pretentious. As for me, I haven't quite decided whether it bored me or just made me think in a different way.