One of the most ferociously iconoclastic and experimental films of the French New Wave, Alain Resnais's 1961 feature, winner of the grand prize at that year's Venice Film Festival, is based on a script by Alain Robbe-Grillet. At its center is what seems to be a simple but unanswerable puzzle: Did its protagonist (Giorgio Albertazzi) have an affair the year before with a woman (Delphine Seyrig) he just met (or possibly re-met) at his hotel? The inquiry becomes an unsettling experiment in flattening the dimensions of past, present, and future so that any difference between them becomes meaningless, while Resnais's coldly formal but oddly dreamlike geometric compositions make space itself seem a function of subjective memory. Add to that Resnais's trademark tracking shots--long, smooth, a visual correlative of a wordless feeling--and this is a film that truly gets under the skin in almost inexplicable ways. One of the most influential works of its time. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a Region 1 DVD which I am unable to play, but Rarewaves-CA gave me such excellent, attentive, forgiving customer service -- and helped me to deal with the situation without... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kurt Gayle
I gave this movie 22 minutes I'll never get back again. If you like arty movies where nothing happens - go for it.Published on Aug. 11 2010 by T. Gamble
I rented this movie instead of buying it a few years ago and it was one of the best choice in my life. I sat through it expecting a lot but I found it unnecessary long and boring. Read morePublished on July 1 2009 by Amazon Customer
The most tedious film I've ever seen. I had to watch it in film school and I nearly went out of my mind with boredom. VERY hard to sit through. Read morePublished on May 6 2004
I've seen many a quaint film in my time, but this one absolutely takes the cake. It came recommended aggressively by a friend who studies film, reason enough for me to be coaxed... Read morePublished on April 3 2004 by Nearly Nubile
As a French "New Wave" fanatic I wanted to love this movie! I purchased my DVD copy on Ebay for $83 and I was very geeked when I finally received it in the mail. Read morePublished on March 28 2004 by "johnpetersoniii"
Marienbad is a classic that ranks high with Citizen Kane, L'Avventura, and 8 1/2. A movie that you will watch again and again, exploring new textures and sounds that add to the... Read morePublished on March 2 2004
After writing a review based on my first impressions, I read up a little bit about the film and learned that the contribution from Alain Robbe-Grillet included a detailed shooting... Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2004 by Amazon Customer