Last Year at Marienbad

Best Writing (Original Screenplay)
Academy Awards
Golden Lion
Venice Film Festival
A gorgeous puzzle box of a movie.


Last Year at Marienbad

As ominous organ music resounds, the Scope camera tracks through the seemingly endless halls of a baroque grand hotel, as X (Albertazzi) tries to persuade an initially disbelieving A (Seyrig, in gowns by Coco Chanel) that they’d met the year before, even as the sepulchral M (Sacha Pitoëff) hovers about. But as X continues to repeat “Last year…,” each encounter takes place in different locations, in different costumes, the alterations not just coming from scene to scene but from shot to shot, amid actually mounting suspense, until the question becomes not only did it happen, but was it seduction or…? With an Oscar-nominated screenplay by nouveau roman titan Alain Robbe-Grillet and sumptuous black-and-white photography by Sacha Vierny, LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD is perhaps the ultimate puzzle film, with dizzying time shifts and flashbacks, real or imagined.

Restored by Studiocanal, with the support of Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image animée and Chanel.

“HIGHLY SEDUCTIVE…a masterpiece of masterpieces!” – Jonathan Rosenbaum

“No other film has affected fashion as deeply.” – Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

“The movie is what it is — a sustained mood, an empty allegory, a choreographed moment outside time, and a shocking intimation of perfection.” — J. Hoberman

Awards and Nominations:
Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival, 1961)
Best Film (French Syndicate of Cinema Critics, 1962)
Best Original Screenplay nomination (Academy Award, 1963)
Best Film nomination (BAFTA Awards, 1963)
Drama, Mystery, Auteur Cinema, French Cinema
Alain Resnais
Alain Robbe-Grillet
Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoëff
Nominee, Best Writing (Original Screenplay), Academy Awards
Winner, Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival
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