- Format: Blu-ray
- Language: French
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region B/2
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- ASIN: B002BC9YZM
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NEW Last Year In Marienbad - Last Year In Marienbad (1961) (Blu-ray)
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.
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Picture quality: 8.5/10
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (orig.)
Black and white
Run time, 24fps: 1 34'44"
ST: D; GB;F;;E;DK;NL;FIN;N;SWE;J
Region code: A;B
- Introduction by Ginette Vincendeau
- Short Film "La Chant De Styrene", HD
- Short Film "Toute la mémoire du monde", HD
- In the Labyrinth of Marienbad
This version of the film is unique in that it offers the viewer both the original and remastered soundtrack. Alain Resnais believed that the remastered versions of soundtracks often sacrificed the range of tonalities found in the originals, and so he stipulated that the viewer have the choice to hear either version when viewing the film.
This disc also offers other extras not found on my VHS tape, such as a new audio interview with the director, and a couple of short documentaries by Resnais, "Le chant du styrene"(1958), and "Toute la memoire du monde"(1956), as well as a documentary about the making of the film, and a new interview with film scholar Ginette Vincendeau.
All in all it's a real treat to finally see this defining avant garde work in Blu-ray.
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