Muriel, or The Time of Return Muriel, or The Time of Return

Muriel, or The Time of Return

Alain Resnais

 
Muriel, or The Time of Return (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France
  • 1963
  • 116 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • French
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  • Spine #824

Alain Resnais’s Muriel, or The Time of Return, the director’s follow-up to Last Year at Marienbad, is as radical a reflection on the nature of time and memory as its predecessor. The always luminous Delphine Seyrig stars as an antique shop owner and widow in Boulogne-sur-Mer, whose past comes back to haunt her when a former lover reenters her life. Meanwhile, her stepson is tormented by his own ghosts, related to his service in France’s recently ended war in Algeria. Featuring a multilayered script by Jean Cayrol and inventively edited to evoke its middle-class characters’ political and personal realities, the fragmented, emotionally powerful Muriel reminds viewers that the past is always present.

Cast

Hélène AughainDelphine Seyrig
Alphonse NoyardJean-Pierre Kérien
FrançoiseNita Klein
BernardJean-Baptiste Thiérrée
Roland de SmokeClaude Sainval
ClaudieLaurence Badie
ErnestJean Champion
RobertPhilippe Laudenbach
Marie-DoMartine Vatel
Man with the goatJean Dasté

Credits

DirectorAlain Resnais
ProducerAnatole Dauman
ScreenplayJean Cayrol
CinematographySacha Vierny
Art directionJacques Saulnier
SoundAntoine Bonfanti
EditorsKenout Peltier and Eric Pluet
Production managerPhilippe Dussart
MusicHans Werner Henze
SingerRita Streich
“Déjà” byPaul Colline and Paul Maye

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Excerpt from the 1980 documentary Une approche d’Alain Resnais, révolutionnaire discret
  • Excerpt from a 1969 interview with actor Delphine Seyrig
  • Interview with composer Hans Werner Henze from 1963
  • New interview with film scholar François Thomas, author of L’atelier d’Alain Resnais
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar James Quandt

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

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Muriel, or The Time of Return: Ashes of Time

By James Quandt July 19, 2016

Time is both inescapable and irretrievable in Alain Resnais’s boldly disorienting masterpiece, which stars Delphine Seyrig as a widow haunted by her memories of World War II.
Read more »

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Did You See This?

January 06, 2017

With Alain Resnais’s Muriel, or The Time of Return now streaming on FilmStruck, Leo Robson explores how this radical meditation on memory “invites broader questions about what happens when we . . . Read more »


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Did You See This?

September 02, 2016

In response to the BBC’s recently published, male-dominated poll of the hundred greatest movies of the twenty-first century, Fusion has shared a list of the best contemporary films directed by . . . Read more »


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Film Essays

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Muriel, or The Time of Return: Ashes of Time

By James Quandt July 19, 2016

Time is both inescapable and irretrievable in Alain Resnais’s boldly disorienting masterpiece, which stars Delphine Seyrig as a widow haunted by her memories of World War II.
Read more »

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