Elisabeth and Simon have been deeply in love for two months when Simon momentarily dies, but comes back to life. Simon does not want any further medical tests, but the couple are forced to grapple with the possibility of his death. They eventually tell their close friends Jérôme and Judith Martignac about the event. The Martignacs are both clerics, and Judith has just been giving a funeral service for a villager who committed suicide, though Jérôme would have nothing to do with suicide… —IMDb
While a seminal figure of the French New Wave, Alain Resnais was not, like so many of his contemporaries, an alumnus of the film journal Cahiers du Cinema. In fact, he existed well outside of the sphere of filmmakers like Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, and Jacques Rivette, with a dedication to formalism, modernist concerns, and social and political issues not found in the work of his fellow innovators. Focusing repeatedly on themes of time and memory, Resnais drew from the well of serious literature to offer a singular philosophical and artistic vantage point, employing enigmatic narrative structures, lush cinematography, and lyrical editing patterns to create some of the most provocative and controversial work of the period. Born June 3, 1922, in Vannes, France, Resnais began making his first 8 mm films at the age of 14. In 1943 he enrolled at the newly formed Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographie, leaving the following year after declaring his studies too theoretical. He… read more
L' Amour a mort “Love Unto Death” by Alain Resnais The four characters of the film – two men and two women represent four solutions to the human existential problem. The director challenges viewers to understand what they are. The actors’ uniquely intelligent acting creates in front of our eyes a kind of alive encyclopedia of psychological expressiveness that you continue to return to even after watching the film several times. Read analysis of Resnais’ films in articles “Cultural Apocalypse By Means of Comedy” posted on Oct. 28 2009 and “The Warning Which Comes Too Late” (the both with the analysis of shots from the films) at: www.actingoutpolitics.com By Victor
Really impressive use of Hans Werner Henze's brilliant and heavily textured 20th century music through apocalyptic snow interludes (a transition process that is used on a lighter way in Resnais late days with his wife) in a movie about religion and death, the meaning in daily life. Wish there was more movies with such radical music !! We tend to use bad music in the 2000's.
Love Unto Death 1984
Alain Resnais together with Jean Gruault (scenario) combine for this meditation on death and the possibility of an afterlife that while it makes for high… read review