L'année dernière à Marienbad 1961

Critics score:
95 / 100

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Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune: To even talk of a story is nonsensical, since a central aesthetic of the film involves the effects of fantasy, time and subjective memory on human consciousness. Marienbad takes place in a heightened, sci-fi nightmare world where knowing, believing Read more

Bosley Crowther, New York Times: Be prepared for an experience such as you've never had from watching a film when you sit down to look at Alain Resnais' Last Year at Marienbad, a truly extraordinary French film. Read more

Mark Feeney, Boston Globe: Marienbad is elegantly hermetic, a ravishing waxworks that has stillness at its heart. Read more

Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times: Remains one of cinema's glorious enigmas, endlessly compelling and intriguing. Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: The film's dreamlike cadences, frozen tableaux, and distilled surrealist poetry are too eerie, too terrifying even, to be shaken off as camp. For all its notoriety, this masterpiece among masterpieces has never really received its due. Read more

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Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: It is a deliberate, artificial artistic construction. I watched it with a pleasure so intense I was surprised. Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out: Obscure, oneiric, it's either some sort of masterpiece or meaningless twaddle. Read more

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J. Hoberman, Village Voice: The movie is what it is -- a sustained mood, an empty allegory, a choreographed moment outside of time, and a shocking intimation of perfection. Read more