Monday, 18 July 2011


I've been meaning to watch Alain Resnais's 'Last Year in Marienbad' for some time now, so I was really happy when I saw that London's BFI is screening it for the whole of July. Final verdict? Great cinematography, wonderful clarinet music and of course - breathtaking setting (parts of Schloss Schleissheim in Germany) and costumes (Coco Chanel). The film tells a somehow fragmented story of two people who randomly meet at a hotel. The man claims they met the previous year in Marienbad, the woman doesn't seem to believe him. Throughout the film, the story seems to be moving back in forth in time, and we can never be sure whether what the man says has really happened. The pace of the movie is somehow slow for today's standards, and the acting a tad too dramatic, but given its beautiful styling and original style of narration, I think it's definitely worth watching. Even if it's just for a couple of scenes that you might find visually inspiring.

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