Last Year At Marienbad (Resnais, 1961)


Any serious analysis of Last Year At Marienbad must come after multiple viewings, and since this is my first I can only provide incomplete and rambling thoughts on this strange, hypnotic masterpiece. The tracking shot has never been more mystifying and enigmatic, point of view often becomes purposefully strained and muddled, while the background artifacts take on deeper meaning as they begin to signify the emotional angst of the characters. The way shadows say more than light has never been duplicated in my mind, and this motif goes a long way toward showing Resnais’ early obsession with the fragmentation of time and space. One for the ages, but important in so many different ways for many different people.

One thought on “Last Year At Marienbad (Resnais, 1961)

  1. Good movie, I wrote a paper on it for Branigan. The paper, the film, Branigan’s class, and my mindstate were all wonderfully surreal and meandering. Ah, academia we loves.

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