Two by Resnais
We present new digital restorations of two major works by Alain Resnais, a key figure in the development of modernist cinema. Resnais's fluid, fragmentary treatment of time and memory, enhanced by brilliant editing, moved critic Andrew Sarris to call him “the cinema’s most profound mediator on the human mind.”
1974, Alain Resnais, France, 118 min.
With Jean-Paul Belmondo, Charles Boyer
"Resnais models his liquid, bittersweet style on Lubitsch, and the shimmering, romantic results are often spellbinding and haunting."--Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Like Resnais’s LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD, STAVISKY is set amid palatial corridors, where mirages of a much different sort materialize. Belmondo gives one of his best performances in this lush, fact-based period-piece about the Russian-Jewish con artist whose financial chicanery led to the downfall of the French Left in the 1930s. In his next-to-last film, French-born Hollywood star Charles Boyer is tremendously moving as an old-guard aristocrat dazzled by Stavisky's dreams. Screenplay by Jorge Semprún (Z, LA GUERRE EST FINIE). Music by Stephen Sondheim. In French with English subtitles. New 2K DCP digital restoration. (MR)
Muriel, ou le temps d'un retour
1963, Alain Resnais, France, 116 min.
With Delphine Seyrig, Jean-Baptiste Thierrée
"A spellbinding mosaic of images...his wittiest exploration of the vagaries of memory."-- Tom Milne, Time Out London
Though it did not achieve the notoriety of HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR and LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD, Resnais's subtler and more naturalistic third film is considered by many critics to be his masterpiece. As in HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR, Resnais audaciously parallels private anguish with historical atrocity. Delphine Seyrig plays a Boulogne antique-dealer whose memories are awakened by the arrival of a former lover with his young “niece” in tow; meanwhile, her stepson, recently returned from the Army, struggles with his dark memories of the Algerian war. In French with English subtitles. New 2K DCP digital restoration. (MR)