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Alain Resnais, 1974

Classics by Alain Resnais

“You sense that all of the resources of cinema are available to Resnais at any given moment.”—Stuart Klawans,<i>The Nation</i><br><br>Alain Resnais (b. 1922) entered the pantheon of great postwar filmmakers with his still-astonishing first two features,<i>Hiroshima mon amour</i>(1959) and<i>Last Year at Marienbad</i>(1961). Like his friends and occasional collaborators Chris Marker and Agnès Varda, Resnais never was a clean fit within the better-known group of French New Wave filmmakers and was drawn instead to cinema’s capacity to embody philosophical and psychological situations. This survey of his early work includes his rarely seen shorts from the 1950s, many in new 35mm prints on loan from France. (Unfortunately, a print of<i>Hiroshima mon amour</i>was not available for this tour.)


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.

Tue, Jan 26, 2010 7 PM

Resnais explores a tumultuous moment of European history with Jean-Paul Belmondo as a 1930s swindler.

Based on the life of a small-time swindler whose deceits almost brought down the French government in 1933–34, Stavisky stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and features an original score by Stephen Sondheim. Also with Charles Boyer. (115 mins, 35mm)

Presented with support from the French Ministry of External Affairs and French Cultural Services, New York.

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