Resnais 100

One of the most influential movies ever made … [It] takes Vertigo to the next level of abstraction … A shocking intimation of perfection.”

J. Hoberman, Village Voice

Alain Resnais’s legendarily enigmatic and hugely influential sophomore feature has been described by the director as an attempt, still crude and primitive, to approach the complexity of thought and its mechanisms.” At a baroque resort that may or may not be Marienbad, a man, X (Giorgio Albertazzi), tries to convince a skeptical woman, A (Delphine Seyrig), that he met her, or someone like her, last year at Marienbad.” Written by nouveau roman figurehead Alain Robbe-Grillet, Marienbad won the Golden Lion at Venice in 1961. Its extraordinary black-and-white widescreen imagery is by Resnais regular Sacha Vierny, later a favoured cinematographer of Peter Greenaway. The film polarized critics upon release. It is now hailed as one of the defining works of modernist cinema.

Marienbad will transform the cinema. It is the year’s most indispensable film.”

Raymond Durgnat, Films and Filming
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