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Mubi Hall of Fame: Alain Resnais

Kuxa Kanema

over 1 year ago

No. 56 Alain Resnais, received 9 votes

THE RULES
A poll was conducted where Mubi users decided upon their favourite directors to put forward for The Mubi Hall of Fame. 58 filmmakers made the final cut. The rules for voting are as follows. Please choose the film(s) you would like to see inducted. A minimum of one film and a maximum of five films can be chosen. Please place your favourite choice first and so on until reaching number 5. For example

Ridley Scott
1. Blade Runner
2. Alien
3. Thelma and Louise
4. Gladiator
5. Black Hawk Down

The top film will get 5 pts down to 5th film which will receive 1 pt. Please don’t be inhibited to vote. You don’t have to have had to watch an entire director’s filmography to vote. If you have seen a film by this director that you feel should enter The Hall of fame please vote. Do not vote for films you think are mediocre or for films you dislike. Any film, be it a short, experimental film can be nominated. The film must appear in the director’s IMDb filmography. If it is an anthology film then the segment of the film directed by the filmmaker must be chosen rather than the entire film.

The voting will stay open for one week starting 4pm GMT Wednesday and ending Tuesday 4pm GMT. The winner will be announced and inducted into the Hall of Fame list which you can find HERE.

This is as much about discussing the director’s work as it is about voting. So the more comments we get the more productive this project is going to be.

Kuxa Kanema

over 1 year ago

The following films are available for streaming. Please check my blog for the links!

Van Gogh
Gauguin
Guernica
Statues Also Die
Night and Fog
All the Memory in the World
Le chant du Styrene
Last Year in Marienbad
Je t’aime, Je t’aime
Providence
Mon Oncle D’amerique

Kenji

over 1 year ago

1.Hiroshima mon Amour – forum thread
2.Last Year at Marienbad – forum thread
3.Wild Grass
4.Providence
5.Toute la Mémoire du Monde

M. Hulot

over 1 year ago

1. Night and Fog
2. Hiroshima, mon amour

Kuxa Kanema

over 1 year ago

@ kenji

I’m glad someone likes Providence! I rarely see much talk of it, but it is one of my personal favourites.

Damn I am just going to vote now. I might add some later as I still need to watch Wild Grass and Life Is A Bed of Roses.

1. Providence
2. Last Year At Marienbad
3. The War Is Over
4. Smoking / No Smoking
5. Muriel

I don’t care for Hiroshima, mon amour or Night and Fog. I think I should probably watch them again as it was many years ago I saw them, both pretty bad vhs copies from the local library in the days when their world cinema section was like santa’s grotto for me. Thinking back I can still smell the musty library smell and the excitement of finding a new film. Somehow downloading or Youtube just doesn’t compare!!

Anyway I digress. I will be interested to see how Resnais’s later films fare here. I’m not a big fan post 1980. Still Smoking / No Smoking is a wonderful, funny strange filmic riddle and I don’t mind Same Old Song either.

ZED

over 1 year ago

Last Year At Marienbad
Private Fears in Public Places
Providence
Mon Oncle d’Amérique

Oxymoron

over 1 year ago

1. Last Year at Marienbad
2. Hiroshima Mon Amour

3. La Guerre est Finie
4. Providence
5. Muriel, ou le Temps d’un retour,

I’m high-lighting some of his features, rather than his excellent documentary Night & Fog (Nuit et brouillard). I haven’t really seen his later (post late ‘70s) work, so should check it out, at some point. I consider the first two films masterpieces of cinema in terms of Resnais’ edgy editing, hypnotic framing, excellent b&w cinematography, complexity of the narrative line – well, you know. Both deal with recapturing the past, or rather, the re-imagining of the past, in an ever-shifting temporal reality. This would seem to be a theme for his films, at least through the 1960’s.

Either you love these films or you don’t. When I went to see Last Year at Marienbad for the first time (on a large screen), my friend whispered to me soon after it started, “Oh no, I didn’t know it was going to be one of those types of films.” Well, just because it was one of those cerebral, cryptic mega-narrative, puzzle films; I knew, on the other hand, I was going to love it. Too bad Resnais’ collaborator, Alain Robbe-Grillet, never quite equalled the quality of this film with his own film efforts.

Also, I’m sure few have seen La Guerre est Finie. This film features a fine performance by Yves Montand as an old-school leftist trying to come to grips with the changing times. Same sort of signature Resnais touches as other films (such as Muriel) from this period. I don’t know why this film has faded into oblivion.

tomas.roges

over 1 year ago

I’m still not quite sure how my list will turn out. I stil have a couple I want to watch, I think I know where I’m going. I am also curious to see how some of his films in the 80’s will come out. I know I at least have 1 and there’s another that I’m struggling with. The man has had such a varied career with so many very beautiful films.

Miguel Ferreir​a

over 1 year ago

1. Nuit et brouillard
2. Hiroshima, Mon Amour
3. L’année dernière à Marienbad

Kenji

over 1 year ago

I’ve had some mixed reactions- Smoking/No Smoking is a fascinating, unusual Anglo-French collaboration, like Providence, which won major awards and was highly thought of at the time, but strangely overlooked nowadays. The short Les Statues Meurent Aussi, with Marker, about African statues and culture, just missed my 5. I didn’t like Mon Oncle d’Amérique or On Connait la Chanson, but he was at least still trying to push some boundaries. Muriel is admired by many but i was disappointed. Maybe i would like it more now. La Guerre est Finie was fine. Night and Fog essential viewing. shown on French TV a few years ago after Nazi attacks on Jewish cemeteries. Wild Grass is a very elegant film, a return to form, but Hiroshima mon Amour is his monumental masterpiece. Memories, questioning reality, recurring themes.

ralch

over 1 year ago

1. Night and Fog
2. Hiroshima Mon Amour

Dennis...Brian

over 1 year ago

Kuxa Kanema

where is yr blog?

Matt Parks

over 1 year ago

1. Last Year at Marienbad
2. Hiroshima mon amour
3. Mon oncle d’Amérique
4. Night and Fog
5. Les Statues meurent aussi

flip trotsky

over 1 year ago

I may revise this later if I have a chance to see more Resnais this week, but for now:

1. Mon Oncle d’Amérique
2. Last Year at Marienbad
3. Hiroshima, mon Amour
4. Nuit et Brouillard
5. Muriel, ou le temps d’un retour

Polaris​DiB

over 1 year ago

1) Last Year at Marienbad
2) Night and Fog
3) Muriel
4) Love unto Death
5) Hiroshima, Mon Amour

So excited about this one!

—PolarisDiB

Kenji

over 1 year ago

Doesn’t anyone like Wild Grass?

Polaris​DiB

over 1 year ago

^ I’m sure I’d love it, I just haven’t seen it yet. That and American Uncle are high on my to do list.

—DiB

tomas.roges

over 1 year ago

I do mr. Kenji as you shall soon see.

Matt Parks

over 1 year ago

I like Wild Grass a lot, and Not on the Lips and Private Fears in Public Places too.

Black Irish

over 1 year ago

^ Same here.

Just want to catch up on some of his other films before voting.

meg 

over 1 year ago

Moderated

tomas.roges

over 1 year ago

Similar to issues with the WC, I think the blog should be kept private.

DT

over 1 year ago

1. Providence
2. Mon oncle d’Amérique
3. Hiroshima mon amour
4. Last Year at Marienbad

Some great films, the first two especially – subversive, dynamic. Same with the first twenty minutes in particular of Hiroshima, which are just amazing. I’ve seen Cœurs as well, but am not a fan of that one at all. A serving of Love Actually-style fromage that really just fell flat for me; it’s put off any interest I had in Wild Grass while I still have its taste in my mouth. His latest one, however, looks quite interesting.

“as I said before, this link needs to be included in each intro thread, it’s only been given once on the first;)”

Hear hear. Also (in) the running list ;)

Jerome Magajes

over 1 year ago

1. Last Year at Marienbad
2. Hiroshima Mon Amour
3. Night and Fog
4. Providence
5. Wild Grass

ruby stevens

over 1 year ago

i think tommy’s right, esp since i just checked my bookmarks and a bunch of channels have disappeared again :( we all know what happened before can happen again and you’re risking multiple channels.

edit: the dead has already been disappeared from the last match, as well as one of your kaurismakis

mauries

over 1 year ago

I’ve only seen Last Year at Marienbad, Hiroshima mon Amour and Je T’aime, Je T’aime. I’m trying to watch Wild Grass, Muriel, Night and Fog and All The Worlds Memory before the deadline. And if there’s time left: Providence.

Dennis...Brian

over 1 year ago

1. I want to go home

not a fan of this director but like this film a lot due to Jules Feiffer and Gerard. I guess it goes with Resnais’ interests in artists. This time a cartoonist so a modern spin

tomas.roges

over 1 year ago

Dammit, someone please moderate the link.

meg 

over 1 year ago

have asked Duncan (but KK has already broadcast it on Edward Yang ..) fair call not to have it up each time though

Kuxa Kanema

over 1 year ago

Yes probably best no to advertise the blog on every thread………. Having uploaded stuff onto youtube for a few years now, one has to accept that at some point your channels will get deleted, and fair enough I guess even though there is this whole moral argument over copyright especially rare unreleased films. Still just enjoy the films while they are up! PM me if you need blog details and I will reply :)