Last Year in Marienbad (France, 1961)

I remembered being mesmerised by this (25 years ago), on a 16mm print, and then not enjoying it so much on TV a few years later. With widescreen TV and DVD this film gets near enough to cinema’s visual experience to enrapture again. I also remember it being enigmatic but now it seems less so (I’m older or more used to unconventional narrative?) which is not to say that most won’t find it heavy going.

Cinema is primarily a visual form and Marienbad excels in this. Its photography and mise en scene are stunning. And as a portrayal of the vacuity of the bourgeoisie it’s not to be beaten. (DVD, 3)


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