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Last Year at Marienbad

Alain Resnais

 
Last Year at Marienbad (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France
  • 1961
  • 94 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 2.35:1
  • French
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  • Spine #478

Not just a defining work of the French New Wave but one of the great, lasting mysteries of modern art, Alain Resnais’ epochal Last Year at Marienbad (L’année dernière à Marienbad) has been puzzling appreciative viewers for decades. Written by radical master of the New Novel Alain Robbe-Grillet, this surreal fever dream, or nightmare, gorgeously fuses the past with the present in telling its ambiguous tale of a man and a woman (Giorgio Albertazzi and Delphine Seyrig) who may or may not have met a year ago, perhaps at the very same cathedral-like, mirror-filled château they now find themselves wandering. Unforgettable in both its confounding details (gilded ceilings, diabolical parlor games, a loaded gun) and haunting scope, Resnais’ investigation into the nature of memory is disturbing, romantic, and maybe even a ghost story.

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Alain Resnais, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New audio interview with Resnais, recorded exclusively for this release
  • New documentary on the making of Last Year at Marienbad, featuring interviews with many of Resnais’ collaborators
  • New video interview with film scholar Ginette Vincendeau on the history of the film and its many mysteries
  • Two short documentaries by Resnais: Toute la mémoire du monde (1956) and Le chant du styrène (1958)
  • Original theatrical trailer and Rialto’s rerelease trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Mark Polizzotti and a section on Alain Robbe-Grillet’s evolving attitude toward the film, including the author’s introduction to the published screenplay and comments by film scholar François Thomas

    New cover by Rodrigo Corral and Ben Wiseman

Film Essays

Last Year at Marienbad: Which Year at Where?

By Mark Polizzotti June 23, 2009

So much critical ink has been shed over Last Year at Marienbad that one might wonder if the flood of commentary, once receded, would take the film along with it. Alain Resnais’ second feature . . . Read more »

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Remembering Alain Resnais

By Alexandre Mabilon March 06, 2014

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Photo Galleries

Black and White in Color

February 06, 2013


Photo Galleries

12 Title Designs We Love

February 28, 2012


Posters

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Photographic Memory

November 11, 2011

Last Year at Marienbad poster, French release Read more »


News

Back to Marienbad

May 24, 2010

Alain Resnais’s 1961 French New Wave masterpiece Last Year at Marienbad has long been one of cinema’s most magnificently inscrutable films, but at least one of its mysteries has now been solved. . . . Read more »


Clippings

Do-ing the Marienbad

November 19, 2009

It’s well known that Alain Resnais’ beautiful New Wave puzzle Last Year at Marienbad was as fashion-forward as it was artistically progressive. But it surprised us to learn that this . . . Read more »


Press Notes

PRESS NOTES: GO TO THE SOURCE

July 03, 2009

It’s often said that there’s never been a movie quite like Alain Resnais’ Last Year at Marienbad. But in paying tribute to this French New Wave landmark on the occasion of its release in . . . Read more »


Web Exclusives

The Elegance of Sacha Vierny

By Alain Resnais June 24, 2009

The following tribute to Sacha Vierny by Alain Resnais (pictured together above, Resnais left) was published in the October 2001 issue of Positif. It is based on an interview conducted by . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Last Year at Marienbad: Which Year at Where?

By Mark Polizzotti June 23, 2009

So much critical ink has been shed over Last Year at Marienbad that one might wonder if the flood of commentary, once receded, would take the film along with it. Alain Resnais’ second feature . . . Read more »


Dispatches

Remembering Marienbad

By Peter Cowie June 19, 2009

Forty-six years ago, Last Year at Marienbad opened in London. Resnais and Robbe-Grillet came over for the press screening, and I chatted to them in the lobby of the now defunct Cameo-Poly art . . . Read more »


On Five

APRIL IN TATIVILLE

By Alexandre Mabilon April 22, 2009

Some of you might have seen the news item on our website regarding the Jacques Tati “centennial-plus” and the exhibits around Paris paying homage to the inventive filmmaker. I had the good . . . Read more »


RENDEZVOUS WITH RESNAIS

December 11, 2008

Technical director Lee Kline, just back from Paris, where he worked on Last Year at Marienbad with Alain Resnais, reports: I was a little nervous to show Alain Resnais our new transfer of . . . Read more »

Other Editions

Last Year at Marienbad (Criterion DVD)

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