Last Year at Marienbad
L'Année dernière à Marienbad
1961, Alain Resnais, France, 1961, 94 min. With Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi.
- Sun, Feb 5th 12:00pm
"What I was not prepared for was the voluptuous quality of MARIENBAD, its command of tone and mood, its hypnotic way of drawing us into its puzzle, its austere visual beauty…I watched it with a pleasure so intense I was surprised." — Roger Ebert
Both a cause célèbre and a bête noire of art-house cinema, MARIENBAD has survived parody, controversy, and endless interpretation to stand as one of the great tours de force of film history. Amid the mirrored corridors and manicured gardens of a European chateau, a nameless man (Albertazzi) encounters a woman (the stunning Seyrig) who denies his claim that they had an affair the previous year. Around this question mark, Resnais and screenwriter Alain Robbe-Grillet construct a dazzling maze of permutations, prestidigitations, and possibilities. In French with English subtitles. 35mm widescreen. (MR)
Presented in partnership with Chicago Opera Theater and their upcoming reality-bending world premiere opera, Stewart Copeland’s "The Invention of Morel."