Last Year at Marienbad

(Alain Resnais, 1961). Hopelessly retro, eternally avant-garde, and one of the most influential movies ever made, this Alain Resnais-Alain Robbe-Grillet collaboration is an elaborate joke on the world’s corniest pickup line and a drama of erotic fixation that takes Vertigo to the next level of abstraction. With a montage that effortlessly synthesizes past and present, flashback and flash-forward, Marienbad eludes tense. The movie is a choreographed moment outside of time and a shocking intimation of perfection.
Sat., July 12, 4:30, 6:50 & 9:15 p.m.; Sun., July 13, 4:30, 6:50 & 9:15 p.m., 2008

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