Last Year at Marienbad

Film/Video

All images courtesy of Rialto Pictures

Last Year at Marienbad

Alain Resnais, 1961

Classics

Many classic films are just as powerful today as when they were first released. We add such films from many genres to our schedule throughout the season. Many are shown on the occasion of their rereleases, in fresh, new or restored prints.

Fri, June 27, 2008 7 PM
Sat, June 28, 2008 7 PM

The elegant epitome of European art-house cinema, Last Year at Marienbad was one of the true sensations of 1960s’ high culture, playing to sold-out audiences in Paris for months while dazzling—and puzzling—moviegoers everywhere else.

Decked out in stunning Chanel couture, Delphine Seyrig plays “A,” a mysterious woman pursued by the no less unfathomable “X” (Giorgio Albertazzi) through a baroque chateau and its formal gardens. The two execute a hypnotic pas de deux, as the film flashes back and jumps forward between past and present. Critic J. Hoberman noted, it’s at once “hopelessly retro, eternally avant-garde, and one of the most influential movies ever made (as well as one of the most reviled).” (93 mins., 35mm)