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In an otherworldly hotel, a mysterious man tries to convince a woman that they had an affair a year before ("at Marienbad — or was it Fredericksbad?") in Alain Resnais' eternally enigmatic and immensely influential masterwork.
"One of the most enigmatic films in cinema history... a visually rapturous experience" (Peter Keough). Re-released in 2008 to acclaim and line-ups down the block, Alain Resnais' eternally enigmatic and immensely influential Last Year at Marienbad centres on a mystery: Did X (Giorgio Albertazzi) really meet A (Delphine Seyrig) last year at Marienbad, or is he merely trying to seduce her away from her sinister husband M (Sacha Pitoëff) with a false story — and is M really A's husband anyway? Alain Robbe-Grillet's script is legendary for its ingenious play with time and memory, and Seyrig became an instant icon in her impossibly chic Chanel gowns and sleek chignon. The formal gardens, baroque balustrades, and rococo hallways of the Marienbad château constitute one of cinema's most instantly recognizable landscapes. Scored with eerie organ music, and shot in elegant widescreen black and white by the great cinematographer Sacha Vierny, Marienbad elicits the question: "How could a film this beautiful ever have been thought unapproachable?" (Anthony Lane, The New Yorker).