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Last Year at Marienbad

Last Year in Marienbad

Last Year at Marienbad

Review score: * * * * *

cast: Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoëff

year: 1961

colour: yes

certificate: |U

director: Alain Resnais

runtime: 94

The plot is banal and, as in Hiroshima, the characters have no names. X (Albertazzi) pursues A (Seyrig) through the endless corridors of a luxury hotel, trying to persuade her that they met last year, while M (Pitoëff), who may be A's husband, looks on. But, in the eternal present of Robbe-Grillet's screenplay, drenched in the organ score by Francis Seyrig (brother of Delphine), there can be no 'last year' (and probably no future either). Don't miss the chance to see this timeless masterpiece on the big screen, for which the inky blacks and flaring whites of Sacha Vierny's cinematography were made. There is, quite simply, no other movie like it.


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