Last Year at Marienbad
As a group of unnamed aristocrats socialise at an ornate chateau in the French countryside, enigmatic stranger X (Giorgio Albertazzi) approaches the beautiful A (Delphine Seyrig) to convince her that they’ve met before. Much to the surprise of the perplexed woman, X insists that the pair once enjoyed a covert romantic encounter at the Czech spa town of Marienbad. With no recollection of the events – and much to the chagrin of her current partner M (Sacha Pitoeff) – A is overwhelmed by curiosity and determined to uncover what, if anything, took place last year at Marienbad.
Why You Should See This Film
With its glittering costumes crafted by Coco Chanel and surreal set design, Last Year at Marienbad has influenced the visual style of everything from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining to David Lynch’s Inland Empire to Terence Young’s Bond classic From Russia with Love. The ambiguous relationship at the film’s heart has fascinated and perplexed audiences for more than five decades, with its director remaining famously tight-lipped about the true nature of their connection. Winner of the Golden Lion at the 1961 Venice Film Festival and nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards, it was nevertheless refused entry to Cannes after Alain Resnais signed Jean-Paul Sartre’s controversial manifesto against the Algerian War.
- Year: 1961
- Rating: PG
- Director: Alain Resnais
- Cast: Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoëff
- Duration: 94 minutes
- Language: French with English subtitles