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The Unconventional Narratives of Alain Resnais

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Often associated with both the Left Bank Group and the French New Wave, Alain Resnais remains a singular auteur whose clever, elegantly witty films do still embody a crucial reference to contemporary cinema and beyond.

We celebrate his elliptical narrative style, as well as his elaborations on consciousness, memory and imagined past with a trio of three major, adventurously playful movies. Our selection includes his ripe-for-rediscovery period film Stavisky… (1974), his Paris-set Private Fears in Public Places (2006), and the anarchic, charmingly romantic Wild Grass (2009), starring his long-term collaborators Sabine Azéma and André Dussollier.

Stavisky...

Alain Resnais France, 1974

Irrestisible charm and talent helps Serge Alexandre alias Stavisky, small-time swindler, to make friends with even most influential members of French industrial and political elite during the early 30s.

Private Fears in Public Places

Alain Resnais France, 2006

In Paris, six people all look for love, despite typically having their romantic aspirations dashed at every turn. Will any connect? Can open hearts trump fears?

Wild Grass

Alain Resnais France, 2009

A found wallet triggers an unlikely obsession in this film by the masterful Alain Resnais (Last Year at Marienbad). An ode to uncontrolled impulses and effervescent possibilities, it’s a thriller, a romance, a screwball comedy—and something else entirely.

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