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Last Year In Marienbad (The Studio Canal Collection) [1960] [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoeff, Francoise Bertin, Luce Garcia-Ville
  • Directors: Alain Resnais
  • Producers: Pierre Courau, Raymond Froment
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Sep 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BC9YZM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,971 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Widely considered to be one of the masterpieces of the French New Wave, this existentialist fantasy tale is the result of a collaboration between director Alain Resnais and French novelist Alain Robbe-Grillet. In a luxury hotel somewhere in Europe, an unnamed man (Giorgio Albertazzi) attempts to persuade one of his fellow guests, a similarly unnamed married woman (Delphine Seyrig), that they have not only previously met, but that they had an affair and made plans to elope together. The woman, however, does not appear to recognise him, and so begins a cinematic puzzle that questions the very nature of truth and narrative.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By DH Dixon on 11 April 2008
Format: DVD
This symbolic film may be weird to watch and difficult to enjoy, but over the decades it has become one of my favourite films. You will need to appreciate cinema art to like it. The story is deliberately stylized for its symbolic meaning but the art is spell-binding. The black and white photography is terrific and most of the difficulty is in the music, which is for church organ, but this music is important to the symbolism of the film. Stiff and "formal" is the style and haunting and magical is the overall effect. The role of the husband and the actor who plays him develops a lot of power along the way and this is one of my favourite character performances.
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84 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Renaud Olgiati on 2 Feb 2008
Format: DVD
Wont comment on the film itself, which has inspired learned articles and theses in its day and up to now.

But this edition of the film is appalling, because of the subtitles, which detract from the action for three reasons:

-They are too big, and at times actually hide the action as when they completely obscure the table on which a game is being played.

-They are sometimes inaccurate or incomplete.

-But last and worse, unlike the subtitles on most civilised DVDs, THESE CANNOT BE TURNED OFF !

Had this been made clear in the description of the DVD I would certainly have refrained from buying this item, and avoided the film-long frustration caused by the ******* subtitles.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Vermillion on 20 April 2013
Format: DVD
Amazon has amalgamated reviews for five different versions. Some have removable subtitles, others not. Here's the situation, for those interested. Listed in order of issue.

Fox Lorber - Subtitles can be switched off. Region 0.
Optimum Home Entertainment - Subtitles NOT removable. Region 2
Criterion - Subtitles can be switched off. Region 1
Blu-Ray Criterion - Subtitles can be removed. Region A.
Blu-Ray Studio Canal - Subtitles can be switched off. (Multiple languages available) Region A+B (plays in UK).
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71 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 22 Jun 2005
Format: DVD
'Last Year at Marienbad' followed Alain Resnais' prior works concerned with memory and spatial-time, the documentary 'Night & Fog' and 'Hiroshima Mon Amour.' As with 'Hiroshima...' we have a male and female couple at the centre of things- though Resnais collaborates with a different author to Margaret Duras, the oblique writer Alain Robbe-Grillet.
The "story" is quite confounding - simple yet ambiguous : in a vast baroque hotel a man (X) attempts to entice a woman (A) into an affair away from another man (M)- persuading her that they met the previous year at Marienbad (or was it Frederickbad?). That's the plot or story, but Resnais & Robbe-Grillet, with hypnotic cinematography, playful elements (moving objects around in the scenery, suggesting a break with reality)& complex-editing present the film as one of those cinematic mysteries that some will love, others will loathe.
Anyone who has enjoyed such films as Antonioni's 'L'Aventura' & 'Blow Up', Bergman's 'Persona', Roeg & Cammell's 'Performance' & David Lynch's 'Lost Highway' & 'Mulholland Drive' will find much here they should enjoy - it certainly tips the post-modern likes of 'The Usual Suspects' into a cocked hat! 'Last Year at Marienbad' remains one of the great films of the 1960s and stands as one of the great works of the European New Wave of the late 1950s and early 1960s, alongside such classics as 'Les Quatres Cents Coups','Bande a Part','Les Amants' & the aforementioned 'L'Aventura.' Anyone interested remotely in cinema and its dreamlike, oblique possibilities should watch this film...
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bill Pickle on 30 May 2008
Format: DVD
A excellent film except for the English subtitles in the image area which disrupt the viewing experience. These cannot be defeated. I note that there is a French version without sub titles available on the Amazon web site in France and perhaps this should be listed on the UK site as long as it is made clear that there is no translation of the French dialogue. I am more interested in the photography for instance.
There used to be a version with subtitles under the image area, and many years ago I did tape this on SVHS from a TV showing, but unfotunately have since recorded over the tape.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By VINE VOICE on 6 Jun 2010
Format: Blu-ray
I remember first seeing this in the sixties and being enthralled by its hypnotic beauty. It is not an easy film to watch, but is well worth the effort. Do not expect a simple story told in order; this is told as if in a dream. A handsome man and beautiful woman meet at a mysterious chateau and he recounts how they met the previous year: she recalls none of the details. Time appears to be frozen as the two meet and re-meet at Marienbad and the man recounts more of the details of last year. Is he lying? What really happened last year at Marienbad?

An avant-garde director teams up with an avant-garde novelist in this most memorable of movies. It is good to see such a fine copy of the original on this disk.

The script is also available as L'Annee Derniere a Marienbad. It is well worth studying in conjunction with the film.
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Charles Paxton Martin on 20 Mar 2006
Format: DVD
I was doing an Italian course for foreigners in Florence when this came out, so I saw it in Italian. I can still conjure up in my mind, very clearly, the images of the vast hallways, the actors playing actors playing actors, the formal gardens, the ambiguities and the failed memories of the actress Delphine Seyrig. All in all, a magic film in every sense: they really don't make 'em like this any more. I was so impressed by the matchstick game that when I made my hippie-trip to Nepal, I astounded Nepalis and Tibetans alike by never losing a game! This is one of my all-time favourite films, and if you are willing to let yourself get carried away by its mysteries, you should try to see this film.
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