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5,925 Ratings

Last Year at Marienbad

L’année dernière à Marienbad

Directed by Alain Resnais
France, Italy, 1961
Avant-Garde, Mystery


Part mystery, part fever dream, and possibly a ghost story, Last Year At Marienbad follows a married woman, A, and a man, X, through the empty rooms of a luxurious, baroque hotel that time forgot. X tries to persuade the incredulous A that they met in the same place the year before.

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Last Year at Marienbad Directed by Alain Resnais

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1961 | Winner: Golden Lion

2018 | Venice Classics

Academy Awards

1963 | Nominee: Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen

I saw this lush experimental movie at least three times the week it opened at the Carnegie Hall Cinema, when I was a college sophomore, and was as smitten as anyone. I still am. But I don’t think Marienbad’s effect on me would have been as powerful if I hadn’t spent most of my childhood soaking up commercial movies, just as Resnais did.
May 01, 2008
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Hopelessly retro, eternally avant-garde, and one of the most influential movies ever made (as well as one of the most reviled), Marienbad is both utterly lucid and provocatively opaque—an elaborate joke on the world’s corniest pickup line and a drama of erotic fixation that takes Vertigo to the next level of abstraction.
January 08, 2008
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Decomposing and recomposing in his elaborate cutting and splicing, he reinvents and elaborates upon the basic synthetic innovations of Lev Kuleshov, revived in the supremely exacerbated montage of Last Year at Marienbad, whose conjunction of assertive editing with the long and sinuous tracking shot pivoted upon the disjunctive match in a paradoxical articulation of a seamless continuity of subjectivity and the world.
June 01, 1973

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