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DVD issue of New Wave Classic....,
This review is from: Last Year In Marienbad [DVD]  (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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Initial post: 19 Oct 2011, 07:16:42 BST
Amazon Customer says:
But what about the sub titles? Any version with smaller subtitles?
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Feb 2013, 18:22:29 GMT
Why Does no-one specify which company's release they are talking about?!? Amazon lumps all the reviews together so all editions get slated with any flagging of a poor featue contained in a bad release...So all get tarred with the same brush!
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