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Last Year at Marienbad: Text for the Film by Alain Resnais

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Text by Alain Robbe-Grillet for the film by Alain Resnais, with over 140 illustrations.
Paperback, 168 pages
Published June 28th 1962 by Grove Press (first published 1961)
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The definitive and brilliant visual representation of the several facets of the nouveau roman occupying Robbe-Grillet. Preliminary reading of La Jalousie and In The Labyrinth provide essential keys to unlocking "meaning" from the film and its final ambiguous denouement. Robbe-Grillet was concerned with exploding narrative and demolishing the presence of an omnipotent author - the film closely follows R-G's script with only minor alterations, Resnais and Robbe-Grillet having worked independently ...more
Jesse
Sep 21, 2008 Jesse rated it it was amazing
Called a screenplay, but is it? It's what novelist Alain Robbe-Grillet submitted to filmmaker Alain Resnais (who then turned it into one of the most beguiling films in all of cinema); before its publication Robbe-Grillet returned to it and altered some elements that had been subtly changed by Resnais in the translation to the screen. Even still—and I'm confident this was quite intentional on the writer's part—undeniable differences remain between "screenplay" and film (a pearl bracelet, constant ...more
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Aug 14, 2016 Evan marked it as to-read
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I remember when this was shown in film class in college I walked out in the middle of it. Right in front of the professor. I liked the professor. I liked the class. I liked the films. I liked Alain Resnais films, even Muriel. I liked difficult "foreign" films. Just not this difficult. Usually it was the other kids who walked out, but this time it was me doing the walking. I think some of it had to do with the fact it was the end of the semester and I was just plum tuckered ou
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Tosh
Oct 05, 2007 Tosh rated it it was amazing
This is the film script for 'Last Year at Marienbad." Which by the way is the ultimate Eruopean art flick. In other words the worst nightmare if you are a Michael Bay or current fan of Hollywood blockbusters.

There is no action whatsoever, in fact there is even little dialogue. Mostly elegant people wearing very elegant suits and dresses - with tons of moody shots at a very cold looking castle. Chic is too small a word for this film. It's uber-sophisticated to a degree that is almost unhuman. It
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Vernon Goddard
Oct 03, 2010 Vernon Goddard rated it it was amazing
This is my favourite film of all time. I went to see it in the 60s whilst at University in Cardiff. I was with some friends, all of us interested in foreign films and Gallois cigarettes.

It is an elegant, enigmatic but disturbing film. Shot entirely in Black & White, with the characters suitably attired in the conventions of a middle/upper class environment. The setting is a magnificent Mansion with incredible interiors and external shots of lawns and water features.

The French spoken is beaut
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Sep 08, 2012 Thadd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I liked this book, one that is packed with detail, it isn't fun to read because the story moves so slowly. Also, there isn't any humor or irony in it.

My guess is that the author feels that conversations, settings and memories are more important than a plot.
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Classic sad story of love, duty, depression and war.
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Feb 28, 2014 Dan rated it liked it
i wonder if this is Grillet's take on Sartre's hell.
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Alain Robbe-Grillet was a French writer and filmmaker. He was along with Nathalie Sarraute, Michel Butor and Claude Simon one of the figures most associated with the trend of the Nouveau Roman. Alain Robbe-Grillet was elected a member of the Académie française on March 25, 2004, succeeding Maurice Rheims at seat #32.

He was married to Catherine Robbe-Grillet (née Rstakian) .

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